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جمعہ، 5 نومبر، 2010

21 dead in Karachi Charter plane crashes

A charter plane of a private organization has crashed in the area of Gulistan-e-Johar in Karachi, killing all 21 people on board.
It has been reported that at least 21 people were on board, including two pilots. One foreigner was also among the passengers. The plane was on its way to the Bhit Shah oil field from Karachi when it crashed due to some technical fault in its engine. The rescue teams and the law enforcing agencies immediately reached the place of crash and started relief activities.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George, all 21 people have died in the crash whose dead bodies have been pulled out of the debris. The spokesman confirmed that the captain reported some problem in the engine of the plane soon after the take-off. The plane was returning to airport to land when it crashed.
According to Dunya News bureau chief, all dead bodies are pulled put of plane but it is yet difficult to identify anyone because all dead bodies have been badly burnt. All the dead bodies have been shifted to Agha Khan Hospital.
According to Edhi sources, Qamar Hameed, Ashiq, Ghyas, Captain Naeem, Arshad Ali, Dr. Asad Ali Shah, Nauman, Nisar Ahmed, Ghulam Mustafa, M. Saleem, Israr, Imran, Ameer Saeed and Salman are among the dead.
Following is a chronology of major air crashes in Pakistan or involving Pakistani planes:
May 20, 1965: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 707 crashes on its inaugural flight while attempting to land at Cairo airport, killing 124 people.
August 6, 1970: A PIA Fokker F27 turboprop aircraft crashes while attempting to take off from Islamabad in a thunderstorm, killing all 30 people on board.
December 8, 1972: A PIA Fokker F27 crashes in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. All 26 people on board are killed.
November 26, 1979: A PIA Boeing 707 bringing home Pakistani Hajj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia crashes shortly after take-off from Jeddah airport, killing 156 people.
October 23, 1986: A PIA Fokker F27 crashes while coming in to land in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 13 of the 54 people on board.
August 17, 1988: A US-made Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashes near Pakistan's eastern city of Bahawalpur, killing military ruler General Mohammad Zia ul Haq and 30 others including Pakistani generals and the US ambassador.
August 25, 1989: A PIA Fokker carrying 54 people disappears after leaving Gilgit in northern Pakistan. The wreckage is never found.
September 28, 1992: A PIA Airbus A300 crashes into a cloud-covered hillside on approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu after the plane descended too early, killing 167 people.
February 19, 2003: An air force Fokker F27 crashes in fog-shrouded mountains near the northwestern city of Kohat, killing air force chief Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali, his wife and 15 others.
February 24, 2003: A chartered Cessna 402-B carrying Afghan Mines and Industries Minister Juma Mohammad Mohammadi, four Afghan officials, a Chinese mining executive and two Pakistani crew crashes into the Arabian Sea near the southern city of Karachi.
July 10, 2006: A PIA Fokker F27 bound for Lahore crashes into a field and bursts into flames shortly after takeoff from the central city of Multan, killing 41 passengers and four crew.
July 28, 2010: An Airblue Airbus 321 flying from Karachi crashes into hills outside Islamabad while preparing to land, killing everyone on board. Civil aviation authorities say 152 people were on board while police put the number at 149.
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