A passenger plane of Bhoja Airline on Friday crashed near Chaklala Airbase due to bad weather, killing approximately 127 passengers, including crew members. A state of emergency has been imposed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
A violent rain and wind storm was lashing parts of the capital around the same time as the crash, said an aviation official, adding lightening might have caused the plane to catch fire. Boeing 737 with 118 passengers and nine crew members on board, which flew from Karachi at 5:00 PM was supposed to land in Islamabad at 6:50 PM, but crashed just before touchdown.
an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometres (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway. "Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming," Rehman told Geo television.
A local resident told, the plane was already on fire in the midair and seemed like a ball of fire coming at us.
"Owing to nightfall as well as a heavy overcast, it's pitch black out there, making rescue work extremely difficult", rescuers said.
In July 2010, an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people on board.