127 people were killed when a Boeing 737-200 of Bhoja Air crashed a short distance from the international airport in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi, the second such accident in less than two years.
Bhoja Air’s flight B4-213 from Karachi to Islamabad lost contact with air traffic control shortly after 6.30 pm on Friday as it was coming in to land at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, which serves both Islamabad and Rawalpindi, amidst bad weather.
The plane slammed into the ground at Hussainabad village, located less than 10 km from the airport.
Debris was scattered over an area of over one kilometre and parts of the aircraft fell on some houses in the village though there were no reports of casualties on the ground.
All 121 passengers, including 11 children and infants, and six crew members were killed instantly, officials said.