Rescue work of crashed plane in Pakistan suspended due to heavy rains

22:11, July 28, 2010      

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Smoke rises from the site a jetliner crashed near Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, July 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Zeeshan iyazi)

The rescue work of a crashed plane in the Margalla hills in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday morning has been suspended due to the heavy rains, reported local media.

Prior to this, more than 100 bodies have reportedly been recovered from the crash site.

At about 10:00 am (local time) this morning, an airbus 320 with flight number ED-202 carrying 147 people including six crew members crashed in the Margalla Hills lying to the northeast part of Islamabad minutes before it was supposed to land at the capital 's airport.

Earlier reports say that there were 159 people aboard the plane, but 12 out of them, who planned to travel on this flight, did not turn up.

The plane, which belonged to a local private airliner named Airblue, was on its way from Turkeyto Islamabadvia Karachi. It took off from the Karachi International Airport at about 7:50 am local time Wednesday morning.

The plane lost the contact with the control tower of the Islamabadairport at about 9:43 am local time before the crash. Before the crash, the control tower of the Islamabadairport has reportedly given the approval for the plane to land at the airport.

Among all the people aboard, there were reportedly 20 women and five children.


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