A Pakistani passenger jet slammed into a forested ridge outside Islamabad on Wednesday, July 28, killing all 152 people aboard in what was believed to be the worst commercial aviation disaster in Pakistan’s history.
The plane, which belonged to Air Blue, a private Pakistani airline, was on its way from Karachi to the Pakistani capital and had been flying through heavy fog and rain when it crashed at about 9:45 a.m. local time in the Margalla Hills region just outside Islamabad, authorities said. Pervaiz George, spokesman for the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority, said there were 146 passengers and six crew members aboard.
Air Blue is a Karachi-based domestic airline that also flies to United Arab Emirates, Oman and the United Kingdom. It began service in 2004. Authorities have recorded the black box which should provide clues to this puzzling crash. This is the first case of the loss of a A321 craft like the one pictured above.