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Passenger plane crashes in Pakistan's capital, some 150 onboard

07-28-2010 13:47 BJT Special Report:Passenger plane crashes in Islamabad |

ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A passenger plane, with about 150 passengers onboard, crashed into Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Wednesday morning but no immediate casualty report has been received, police sources said.

The private airlines flight traveling from Turkey to Islamabad via Karachi, the south port city of Pakistan, lost contact with the control tower of Islamabad airport, local TV channel ARY News reported.

Police and rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of crash.

The plane crashed behind the mountainous range of Margalla Hills, near the Damanekoh resort, according to reports.

Fire is visible from the picnic spot of DamaneKoh and rescue teams are trying to reach the site, local media said.

Eyewitnesses have seen the aircraft taking a very low flight. It was a private aircraft coming from Karachi to Islamabad, local media reported.

It is raining in Islamabad and dense fog might have caused the incident, a source in the Rescue-1122 emergency services told Xinhua on phone. Many flights have been grounded due to bad weather in eastern city of Lahore.

The well guarded hills surrounds northeast of the capital city. Some parts of it are fitted with anti-aircraft guns and many Pakistani troop checkpoints are located on the hills.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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