First Images of Pakistan’s Plane Crash: No Survivors [PHOTOS]
By Geetha Pillai | Apr 21, 2012 06:03 AM EDT
Relatives and family members of the victims of the plane crash in Pakistan have begun gathering at the Karachi and Islamabad airports awaiting news about the tragedy.
Emergency desks have been set up at the Karachi and Islamabad airports to give updates about the tragedy. So far, 25 charred bodies have been recovered from the area, according to a report from the Associated Press of Pakistan.
All the127 people on board the Boeing 737 operated by the Pakistan's Bhoja Air were believed to have perished in the crash on Friday.
The plane took off from the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, at 5:00 pm local time (12:00GMT) and was about to arrive at the Benazir Bhutto International airport in Rawalpindi at 6:30 pm (13:50 GMT).
Though bad weather was blamed for the disaster, local media reports also suggested the air unworthiness of the aircraft as another reason for the tragedy.
The aircraft was said to be 39 years old and was recently bought from Shaheen Airlines, which had retired it as "not airworthy".
There were thunderstorm and heavy rain when the plane went down in a residential area, nearly 10 km from the runway, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. According to the paper, ambulances packed with body parts got stuck in the muddy tracks as rescue work was hampered by heavy rain and pitch darkness.
A newly-married couple who were on their way to a honeymoon was among those killed, according to Dawn.
It was a maiden flight of Bhoja Air, a small commercial airline which had shut operations because of financial problems.
Rescue officials have recovered the flight recorder of the ill-fated aircraft from the crash site.
The Pakistan defence ministry has confirmed the crash and ruled out any chances of survivors.
"Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of fire fighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming," Pakistan's Geo Television quoted Saifur Rehman, an official with the rescue team, as saying.
The Benazir Bhutto International Airport, where the plane was trying to land when it crashed, has been reopened for operations on Saturday.
Police and rescue workers go through the wreckage of a Boeing 737 airliner which crashed in Islamabad April 20, 2012.Source: Reuters
Police, media and residents stand next to the wreckage of a Boeing 737 airliner which crashed in Islamabad.Source: Reuters
An army soldier walks through the wreckage of a Boeing 737 airliner which crashed in Islamabad.Source: Reuters
A field where a Boeing 737 airliner crashed is seen at night Islamabad.Source: Reuters
An aviation official goes through the wreckage of a Boeing 737 airliner which crashed in Islamabad.Source: Reuters
Aviation officials place blankets over bodies recovered from the crash site of a Boeing 737 airliner in Islamabad.Source: Reuters
A relative of a victim of the Bhoja Air airliner crash is consoled by family members at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.Source: Reuters
Relatives of victims of the Bhoja Air airliner crash console each other at Jinnah International Airport in KarachiSource: Reuters