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    A passenger jet, with 127 people on board, crashed near here on Friday evening, just as it was approaching the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi for landing.

    There was no information on survivors till about two hours after the crash.

    The aircraft of the private Bhoja Airways, B-213, was flying in from Karachi and reportedly lost contact with the Air Traffic Control at 6.40 p.m., just five minutes before its scheduled landing time.

    Eyewitnesses claimed that they heard a blast and saw a massive ball of fire as the aircraft crashed into a farmland near the Chaklala Airbase of the Pakistan Air Force. Debris was strewn over one kilometre, along with the body parts of the passengers.

    There was no clarity on the cause, though experts said the crash could have been caused by bad weather conditions. Around the time of the crash, the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were hit by thunder, lightning and a sudden cloud cover that prematurely darkened the skies.

    As soon as the news broke, hospitals in the twin cities were put on alert. However, with people crowding the site and heavy rains, mile-long traffic jams were reported on all approach roads, making it difficult for ambulances to reach the spot.

    According to Geo News, this aircraft was over 27 years old and was of a make that is no longer being used by the U.S., Europe and Gulf countries. The airline resumed its services on March 6, having been grounded in 2000 for failing to clear dues.

    Last edited by Caasanova; 04-21-2012 at 01:43 AM.
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