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Airblue Flight ED 202 Cash in Islamabad
Meanwhile a batch of army troops has also been moved towards the scene to pluck the bodies and retrieve victims of the crash.
The names of passengers on board
the airblue flight ED 2010
Imtiaz Ali Kurd
Syeed Shaan-E-Hussain Naqvi
Hassan Javed Khan
Syed Arsalan Ahmed
Mohd. Faisal Rasheed
Mohd. Ali Mughal
Asim Arain ,
Saqib Rafiq Shaikh
Ali Asghar Rajab Ali
Rashida Tyeb Khan
Murtaza Tyed Khan
Malik Mohd. Yousuf
Salman Khan Bijrani
Mehran Khan Bijrani
Waheed Ur Rehman
Mohd. Zaid Rauf
A M Nasir ,
Ovais Bin Laiq,
Mirza Tahir Baig
Malik Ghulam Hussain
Mohd Ajmal Khan ,
Sikander Hayat Awan
Raheem Khan Rajput
Haji Gul Mehboob
Syed Jawad Ali
Abu Baqr Izhar
Malik Muhammad Ajmal
Muhammad Saleem ,
Muhammad Ibrahim ,
Muhammad Rafique ,
Muhammad Saleem Akhtar
Rizwan Ghani Khan
Muhammad Zawar Khan
Farid Ahmed Alvi
Shamas Us Rehman Alvi
Syed Ainullah Agha
Syed Attaullah Hashmi
The plane was flying from Karachi to Islamabad
which has reportedly lost its contact with the air tower. The exact cause of the crash is yet not known.
When contacted the Civil Aviation Authorities have declined to either comment or give details of the crash but confirmed that it was an Air Blue plane which went down into thick woods of the Margalla hills.
Plane in blaze after crash in the Margala Hills
The cause of the Airblue crash was not immediately clear
said Pervez George
a civil aviation official. He said the plane had left the southern city of Karachi at 7:45 a.m. for a two-hour scheduled flight to Islamabad and was trying to land during difficult weather. Airblue is a private service based in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.
"The plane was about to land at the Islamabad airport when it lost contact with the control tower, and later we learned that the plane had crashed," George said, adding that the model of the plane was Airbus 321 and the flight number was ED202.
Guards with the forestry service said they had found some wreckage and seen at least five dead bodies, said Imtiaz Inayat Ali, an official with Islamabad's Capital Development Authority. Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said at least five wounded passengers had been rescued.
Pakistani news channels showed what appeared to be wreckage of the plane as a helicopter hovered above the heavily forested hills to assess the situation. Fire was visible and smoke was blowing up from the scene. The army said it was sending special troops to the area to help out along with helicopters.
At the Islamabad airport, hundreds of friends and relatives of those on board the flight swarmed ticket counters desperately seeking information. A large cluster of people also surrounded the list of passengers on the flight, which was posted near the Airblue ticket counter.
"Nobody is guiding anyone. People are running from one counter to another," said Arshad Mahmood, whose brother, Maulana Nawab Ulhasan, a prayer leader in a town near Islamabad, was on the flight.
"I'm praying for his survival, but I think there is little hope," Mahmood said.
Arshad Ali said his cousin, Raza Ali, was supposed to be on the flight but missed it in Karachi on his way from Canada.
"We are happy he missed the flight, but things here are in shambles at the airport," Ali said. "For God's sake, take care of the worried people, the relatives of those who were on the unfortunate plane. They have no information and are just running here and there."
Saqlain Altaf told Pakistan's ARY news channel that he was on a family outing in the hills when he saw the plane looking unsteady in the air. "The plane had lost balance, and then we saw it going down," he said, adding that he heard the crash.
Officials at first thought it was a small plane, but later revised that. George said 146 passengers were on the flight along with six crew members.
Raheel Ahmed, a spokesman for the airline, said an investigation would be launched, but that for now the focus was to find survivors. The plane was no more than eight years old, and it had no known technical issues, Ahmed said. He added that to his knowledge, the pilots had not sent any emergency signals.
Rescue Helicopter viewing the incident
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