Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pakistan Mourns 152 Killed in Air Disaster

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pakistan Mourns 152 Killed in Air Disaster

Article excerpt

PAKISTAN has observed a day of mourning for the 152 people killed in the country's worst aviation disaster as rescue workers searched for the aircraft's black box.

Investigators hope the flight data recorder will give clues to the exact cause of the crash on Wednesday, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility in the hills outside Islamabad.

The government said all possible causes would be investigated, including terrorism, bad weather and sabotage.

Two Americans, an Austrian-born businessman and seven children were among the 152 people on board the Airblue flight ED 202 from the southern city of Karachi.

The Airbus 321 was coming in to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International airport when witnesses saw it flying at an unusually low altitude before hearing a deafening boom.

The plane disintegrated in a gorge between two hills enveloped in cloud and some distance from the road, severely hampering rescue efforts and limiting visibility for helicopters hovering overhead. …

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