More than 150 rescue workers are at the crash site of Airblue’s Airbus 321, which was traveling on July 28, 2010 for a two-hour flight from Karachi to Islamabad.
The challenging terrain and thick forest is making it difficult to work in the area. Three helicopters engaged in the rescue efforts are also having a hard time finding places to land. The crash site is close to the Daman-e-Koh resort.
It is has been confirmed that 146 passengers and 6 crew members were on board.
According to the CAA, the plane lost contact with the control tower before the crash and had its landing gear down at the time of the crash. The plane then caught fire after the crash. Bad weather is suspected as the cause of the crash.
All flights between Islamabad and Karachi have been cancelled. All flights from Peshawar to Chitral have also been cancelled due to bad weather.
Prime Minister Gilani has ordered the defense ministry to conduct an inquiry into the crash, and the Interior Minister is supervising the entire rescue operation. Airblue’s chairman said an investigation into the crash is underway.
Families of victims may contact Crisis Management at 051-9211223-4.