A Pakistani airliner with 127 people on board crashed in bad weather as it came in to land in Islamabad on Friday,scattering wreckage and leaving no sign of survivors.
The Boeing 737,operated by local airline Bhoja Air,was flying to the capital from Karachi. It crashed more than 9 km from the international airport. Aviation official Pervez George gave no details of casualties,but rescue workers at the crash site said there was no chance of finding survivors. Body parts lay among wreckage strewn in a small settlement just outside Islamabad.
Residents said they had seen a ball of fire in the sky when the plane crashed. Parts of the plane smashed into electricity poles,blanketing the area in darkness.
While officials gave no immediate indication as to why they thought the plane had crashed,bad weather is being investigated as a cause.
A man who had been waiting at Islamabads Benazir Bhutto International Airport for the flight yelled my two daughters are dead as tears streamed down his face. In a state of shock,he then slumped on the floor and sat silently as other relatives of passengers crowded around lists of those on board.
The uncle of the sisters,18 and 20,said they were supposed to return to Islamabad on Sunday but flew early to see an aunt who is visiting from London. We dont even know when or where we will get to see their bodies, said the uncle,Qamar Abbas,who kept mumbling no,no,no to himself.
Nearby,relatives of passengers hugged each other and sobbed. One man cried my kids,my kids. Among them was Zarina Bibi,desperate to determine whether her husband was on the flight. He called me before leaving Karachi but I dont know if he was on this flight or not, said Bibi,whose eyes were red from crying.