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Pakistan mourns as air crash investigation starts
Authorities are sifting through the wreckage for clues as to what caused Wednesday's Airblue crash that killed all 152 passengers. Foul weather is suspected.
The Pakistani government declared Thursday as a day of mourning for the victims of the Airblue plane crash that killed all 152 passengers on Wednesday. The Islamabad-bound Airbus A321 slammed into the mountains just 15 kilometers away from the capital's airport. The plane’s wreckage is strewn across the densely forested Margalla Hills, hampering the investigation. In particular, officials say the difficult conditions on the ground have frustrated the search for the plane’s “black box” flight recorder that may provide answers as to what led to the crash.
Initially, there were reports of several survivors from the crash, but those early hopes quickly faded once rescue teams arrived on scene to survey the destruction. “There is nothing left, just piles and bundles of flesh. There are just some belongings, like two or three traveling bags, some checkbooks, and I saw a picture of a young boy. Otherwise everything is burned,” rescue worker Murtaza Khan told the Associated Press. The full scope of the challenge confronting rescue teams became apparent as videos of the crash scene began to appear on video-sharing website YouTube revealing just how difficult conditions are on the ground.