Follow Up: Worst plane crash in Pakistan’s history kills 152

by nph | August 2nd, 2010

In a horrific plane crash on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, a passenger jet crashed into the hills overlooking Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. As the worst aviation disaster in Pakistan’s history, the crash killed all 152 on board, two being U.S. citizens.

The Airblue flight left Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, at 7:45 a.m. heading toward Islamabad. Struggling through monsoon rains when approaching Islamabad, the airbus veered off course, lost contact with the control tower, and crashed into the Margalla Hills, about nine and a half miles away from the airport.

According to Yahoo! News, witnesses said the plane appeared to be flying very low and seemed unsteady in the air. Rescue workers struggled through the rain, mud, and rugged terrain.

The day after the crash was declared a national day of mourning by Pakistan’s government. Flags were flown at half-mast across the country in observance of this tragic event that took the lives of 146 passengers and six crew members.

Pakistani officials recovered the black box on Saturday, July 31, 2010. BBC News reported that Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority’s Director General Junaid Ameen said the box would be sent to “foreign experts” for analysis.

The plane has no known technical issues and a spokesman for Airblue said that the pilots did not send any emergency signals. Airblue’s only previous recorded accident occurred in 2008, had no casualties, and sustained minimal damage.

Sources:

“152 die as plane crashes in rainy Pakistan hills.” Shazad, Asif and Ahmed, Munir. Yahoo! News. July
2010. Accessed on 08/02/2010.

“‘Black box’ found from Pakistan’s worst plane crash.” BBC News. July 2010. Accessed on 08/02/2010.