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Friday, 20 April 2012 - 20:48
Airliner crashes near Islamabad airport
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A plane carrying up to 127 people has crashed in a residential area near Islamabad international airport.

Aviation officials said the Bhoja Air plane, flight BHO-213, was flying from Karachi to Islamabad when it crashed in bad weather near Chaklala, Rawalpindi.

Emergency teams were at the crash site, reported to be near Baria Town residential complex.

Reports suggest the plane, believed to be carrying 118 passengers and nine crew, was making its final approach to the airport when the crash happened.

There have been no reports of any survivors and no comment from the airline.

Defence minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhar said it burst into flames before it came down a few miles from the airport.

There were reports of severe rainstorms in the area at the time.

Bhoja Air is a small new commercial airline which was started about 10 years ago but closed because of financial difficulties. It recently re-opened.

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