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152 killed in Airbus crash

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ISLAMABAD – A passenger jet that officials suspect veered off course in monsoon rains and thick clouds crashed into hills overlooking Pakistan’s capital yesterday, killing all 152 people on board and scattering body parts and twisted metal far and wide. The Airblue jet’s crash was the deadliest ever in Pakistan, and just the latest tragedy to jolt a country that has suffered numerous deaths in recent years due to al-Qaeda and Taliban attacks. At least two American citizens were on the plane, which carried mostly Pakistanis. The plane left the southern city of Karachi at 7:45 a.m. for a two-hour flight to Islamabad and was trying to land when it lost contact with the control tower, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official. Airblue is a private airline based in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. The aircraft, an Airbus A321, crashed some 15 kilometres from the airport, scorching a wide stretch of the Margalla Hills, including a section behind Faisal Mosque, one of Islamabad’s most prominent landmarks. Twisted metal wreckage hung from trees and lay scattered across the ground. Smoke rose from the scene as helicopters hovered. (AP)

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