Pakistani passenger plane crashes, killing 152

08:19, July 29, 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)
A plane of a Pakistani private airliner Wednesday crashed into the Margalla Hills in the Pakistani capital Islamabad and killed all the 152 people aboard.

The Airblue Flight ED-202, flying from the country's southern port city of Karachi to Islamabad, came down in the Margalla Hills at about 9:45 a.m. (local time), aviation officials said.

The Margalla Hills, the foothills of the Himalayas, are a series of small-elevation hills sprawling on the northeast part of Islamabad.

There were 146 passengers, including at least 20 women and seven children with two infants, and six crew members killed in the plane crash.

Shortly after the incident happened, a large number of rescue teams have been dispatched to the crash site.

Rescue teams have so far recovered 105 bodies from the site of the crash, said Major General Nadeem Ahmed with the National Disaster Management Authority, adding that the search operation, which was once suspended due to heavy rains, will continue into the night time. He said rescue teams faced problems due to bad weather.

A statement from the Airblue, to which the crashed plane belonged, said that the plane "crashed during poor weather and thick fog". Islamabad had been receiving heavy monsoon rains over the past two days.

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