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'Acceleration at low height caused mid-air explosion leading to deadly Bhoja plane crash'

Islamabad, Sun, 22 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 22(ANI): The ill-fated Bhoja aircraft was flying at a speed of 500 kilometre per hour, which caused the fuel tank to burst, resulting in a mid-air explosion, an initial report has revealed.

Sources told the Express Tribune that the plane, which was in a landing position, should have been at a height of 1,500 to 1,700 feet above ground, but was only at 200 feet and was travelling at 500 kilometres per hour.

The plane was ten kilometres away from the runway, and considering this, it was flying too low and too fast to make the landing.

According to the initial investigation report, the co-pilot had told air traffic control that "I have lost control of the plane", three minutes before the crash.

Pakistan Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira vowed that the investigation into the crash will be done as soon as possible.

"We will make sure that there is no human delay... We will try to arrange for the compensation as well," he said

Kaira said that the investigation was completed and the report has been presented to the public and added that it is up to them to believe the report or not.

According to the initial report, the plane had been descending at a speed of 500 kilometres per hour before it eventually crashed before its planned landing at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, killing all 127 people on board.

Bhoja Air started domestic operations in Pakistan in 1993 and eventually expanded to international flights to the United Arab Emirates in 1998. The company suspended operations in 2001 due to financial difficulties but resumed them in 2012. (ANI)

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