Strong winds blamed for deadly Pakistan crash

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- An airline official in Pakistan says the plane that crashed today near the airport in Islamabad was brought down by "heavy winds."

There were 127 people on board, and no survivors have been found.

The plane crashed into a muddy wheat field while trying to land in a violent thunderstorm. A navy captain who lives near the crash site says it was `really bad weather for a flight." Several farmers who were threshing wheat nearby say they saw the plane burst into flames when it hit the ground.

An air traffic controller says the plane had been given clearance to land.

Smashed seats and other wreckage were spread over a wide area near the airport, along with items belonging to passengers. One rescue official asked residents to bring sheets to cover the remains of the dead.

The airline, Bhoja Air, is a domestic carrier with just a few planes. It just resumed operations last month after suspending them in 2001 due to financial difficulties.


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