Pakistan Airbus A321 Crash
An airblue Airbus A321 crashed into the hills overlooking Islamabad, Pakistan, in rainy weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board, according to an Associated Press report.
Rescue workers battled fires and muddy conditions in the densely wooded hillside, the AP said. The dead included two U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad told the AP.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said the government does not suspect terrorism.
An Airbus A-321 operated by Pakistani carrier Airblue Ltd. crashed in to heavily forested hills near Islamabad in foggy weather and rain on Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board, civil aviation authorities said.
The plane was at the end of a two-hour flight from Karachi to Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. It went down in forested hills north of the city after being asked by airport traffic control to bank around before landing. There were 146 passengers and six crew aboard, authorities said. At least two American citizens and one Austrian were among the dead.
An Airbus SAS jetliner crashed into a rain-soaked hillside at Islamabad, killing all 152 aboard in the deadliest air disaster within Pakistan.
Airblue flight ED202 left Karachi at 7:30 a.m. for Benazir Bhutto International Airport, which serves Islamabad and the adjacent city of Rawalpindi, said Raheel Ahmed, a spokesman for the privately held Karachi-based carrier. There were 146 passengers and six crew members on board when the plane went down in Pakistan’s first crash in four years.