Bhoja Airliner crashes near Rawalpindi, casualties feared
Islamabad/Rawalpindi (Friday, April 20, 2012) – A plane carrying 121 passengers has crashed in bad weather near Rawalpindi, aviation officials said.
The Bhoja Air jet went down in farmland just a few kilometers (miles) away from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhar said.
There was no immediate word on any survivors.
A violent rain and wind storm was lashing parts of the capital around the same time as the crash.
The aircraft was scheduled to leave Karachi airport at 17:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and due to arrive at 19:00 (14:00 GMT).
Witnesses said that flame could be seen rising from the crash site and fire has reportedly engulfed several buildings.
Dead bodies are lying all around after jet goes down while landing, a witness said.
Police officials said emergency teams were on their way to the crash site. All hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been put on alert.