Dozens reportedly survive Airblue passenger plane crash in Islamabad

By BNO News

ISLAMABAD (BNO NEWS) — A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on early Wednesday morning, officials said, and at least some of them were killed.

Airblue flight 202, an Airbus A319-112, took off from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on early Wednesday morning and was expected to land at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad at around 09.30 a.m. local time.

The aircraft – which was carrying a total of 159 passengers and crew – crashed in the Margalla Hills near Islamabad shortly before it was supposed to land. Television pictures showed smoke billowing from the site as rescue workers arrived at the scene.

Express News television reported that at least 45 people had survived the crash and were taken to a local hospital in Islamabad. Ten bodies have also been found.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but fog was hampering rescue efforts after the crash.

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