The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official. He said the Airblue plane, which was made by Airbus, was flying from Karachi to Islamabad and described the weather conditions as difficult.
"The plane was about to land at the Islamabad airport when it lost contact with the control tower, and later we learned that the plane had crashed," George said.
A reporter for Pakistani TV channel Geo TV said that the pilot was trying to land at Islamabad on schedule at 9:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), but was told to wait because the airport was busy.
The control tower lost contact 13 minutes later, said Pakistan's AAJ-TV.
Guards with the forestry service said they had found some wreckage and seen some bodies, police official Mohammad Saeed said.
ISLAMABAD: An airliner carrying 157 passengers and crew members crashed in Margalla hills after losing contact with the control tower of Islamabad airport.
A help desk has been set up at Islamabad airport to meet the inquiries about the passengers of the unfortunate airliner.
The rescuers have retrieved 10 dead bodies and five injured from the wreckage of the airliner at Daman-e-Koh and shifted to PIMS hospital in Islamabad.
The flight of the Air Blue Airlines Air Bus 320 flew from Karachi at at 7:50 A.M. Wednesday morning was scheduled to land at Benazir Bhutto Airport of Islamabad crashed in thick forest near Daman-e-Koh in Margalla.
According to sources, the unfortunate airliner passed over the airport but didnt allowed to land. The eyewitnesses saw the airplane crashing with Sohawa hills and caught fire and emitting thick smoke.
Air Blue spokesman Raheel talking to ARY News said the airliner was crashed before landing at Islamabad airport.
The rescuers have retrieved 10 dead bodies and five injured from the wreckage of the airliner at Daman-e-Koh here.
The hospitals in federal capital have declared emergency after the air crash in Margalla Hills.
The morning had started so well :'(. I managed to wake up for keeping fast... and then Alhamdulillah read the Holy Quran at the most afzal (blessed) time, which is just before Fajr! And then, when I slept and woke up later, the above news greeted us :'(.
The questions which Dr. Shahid Masood asked was:
1. Why wasn't the plane allowed to land on Isb airport?
2. There are several other places where the plane could have landed. Why wasn't it given clearance?
No answer. The airport authorities remain silent. Rehman Malik ''praises'' the efforts (which means that people not really equipped to handle any emergency managed to reach that difficult place in the hills on foot!)... and the poor people were trying to move the wreckage (burning!) with their bare hands!
Oh meray Allah.
The situation remains extremely shaky. There are a few injured shifted to hospital (a/c to Rehman Malik), but a news reporter, present at PIMS Hospital, Islamabad wasn't able to see any of those 5.
We can just pray to Allah to ease this hardship, somehow, save the injured present at the crash site and give our emergency response system personnel some AQAL.