April 20 - A Pakistani airliner crashes in bad weather as it prepares to land in Islamabad Friday, leaving no sign of survivors. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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No sign of survivors.
As many as 131 people were killed Friday when a Pakistani airliner crashed as it approached Islamabad.
Authorities blamed bad weather.
The plane was flying from Karachi to Islamabad when it crashed.
SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING:
"There are dead bodies scattered all over the place. The rescue work has just started after such a long time. Residents covered the bodies with sheets. Now the rescue people are picking up the bodies. It is like sheer apocalypse."
The Boeing 737, operated by local airline Bhoja Air, was crashed into a wheat field more than 5 miles from the airport.
Debris covered the field.
Grieving relatives gathered at the Karachi airport.
People scrambled to get flights to Islamabad.
A woman said her sister-in-law was aboard the ill-fated plane.
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RELATIVE OF VICTIM, FEHMIDA BANO, SAYING:
"My sister in-law who was aboard this flight. I spoke to her around 2:30 in the afternoon. I had visited her yesterday. She has one son and three daughters. One daughter is abroad, the other is in Islamabad. She was traveling to visit her and this happened."
The last major aviation accident in Pakistan was in July 2010, when a commercial airliner operated by AirBlue with 152 people on board crashed into the hills overlooking Islamabad.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters
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