No technical problem found with crashed plane in Pakistan before taking off: official

22:34, July 28, 2010      

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A video grab shows the wreckage of a commercial Pakistani passenger plane in hills near the capital Islamabad, July 28, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

No technical problems were found with the plane that crashed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday morning before taking off, said a senior official of Airblue airliner, to which the crashed plane belonged.

Saeed Hassan, general manager of Airblue airliner, said that his company will facilitate the relatives of the victims in the plane crash in visiting Islamabad and recognizing the dead bodies of their loved ones in the disaster.

He also said that Airblue will cover all the costs regarding the visits by the relatives of the people killed in the plane crash.

At about 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, an Airbus 320 carrying 152 people aboard crashed minutes before it was supposed to land at the Islamabad airport, killing all the people aboard, including at least 20 women and seven children as well as two Americans and a Somalian.

The Islamabad-bound plane took off at the Karachi airport at about 7:50 a.m. It lost the contact with the control tower of the Islamabad airport before the crash. The plane with the flight number ED-202 was on its way from Turkey to the Pakistani capital Islamabad via Karachi.

The crashed plane which was manufactured in 2000 was rented by Airblue airliner in 2006, according to local media.

Source: Xinhua


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