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No Chinese passengers in Islamabad aircrash

07-29-2010 08:33 BJT

ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Xinhua) -- No Chinese or foreigners were found on the passenger name list which was released by the local authorities following a plane crash which took place on Wednesday morning in the Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, officials with the Airblue airliner told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Location of Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital Islamabad.  (Map Source: Google Maps)
Location of Margalla Hills in Pakistan's capital Islamabad.  (Map Source: Google Maps)
The tragedy took place at about 10:00 a.m. when an airbus flight of a Pakistani private airliner named Airblue, which reportedly carried 152 people including six crew members from Turkey to Islamabad via Karachi crashed behind the mountains of Margalla Hills lying to the northeast of the capital.

So far seven survivors were found injured in the plane crash, sources on the site told Xinhua, adding the survivors have been rushed to hospital.

Besides, some 20 dead bodies including the dead body of the pilot have been recovered from the crash site, said sources on the site, adding some of the dead bodies are still on fire. One of the dead bodies was identified as Barak or Barkat. No further details about the killed and survivors.

Two zoo keepers nearby the crash site sold Xinhua that they saw the plane taking very low flight brushing the trees on the ground and the pilots were trying desperately to take the nose up but failed.

Shortly after the incident happened, a large number of rescue teams have been dispatched to the crash site. A total of seven military helicopters have been dispatched to join the rescue work. All the hospitals in Pakistan's capital Islamabad have declared emergency.

Sources at the crash site informed Xinhua that the chance for the survival of the people aboard is very slim and local residents in the Margalla Hills also joined the military and police in the rescue work.


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