Pakistan mourns the loss of 152 on Airblue flight ABQ-202

Pakistan will raise it’s flag to half mast on Thursday, July 29 as the whole nation mourns the loss of 152 passengers flying from Karachi to Islamabad on Airblue flight ABQ-202.

Inna lillahe wa inna illaihe rajioon!

Scene of the Airblue A321 crash site - Source: AFP via DAWN.com

At 9:40 AM Wednesday morning, the ten-year old Airbus A321 aircraft, flown by Airblue since 2006, plunged into the Margalla Hills about 8 KM from Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport after making an earlier unsuccessful attempt to land. The weather was torrential as it poured heavily enough to hamper rescue efforts and emergency relief operation. All 146 passengers and 6 crew were unfortunate to have boarded the flight as there were no survivors of what became the worst air disaster in Pakistan’s history. A list of everyone on board is available here.

May the souls of the deceased rest in peace and may God grant patience to their family and friends. Please pray and recite Dua-e-Maghfirat for everyone.

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  4. Bilal Ali (unregistered) on July 30th, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    One of the victim was Ghulam Abbas Datardina , his elder daughter’s (Sahar Abbas from LUMS) wedding was to be held on 30th July 2010 in Karachi , the groom (Baqir Abbas Lakhani) and his family had already come from USA , two functions were to be held in Karachi and one in Islamabad since Mr. Datardina had his business setup in Islamabad and was also residing there from quite some time , all the prepartions were complete and Ghulam Abbas Datardina went to Islamabad for finalizing some minor work when this incident took place.

    It is a great shock for the family , only two days before the wedding of Sahar Abbas datardina , his son was scheduled to attend Waterllo University this fall , this incident took place , only ALLAH knows WHY ???


  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 30th, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    @Bilal: It is so sad to hear about another broken family. Almost everyone I know had someone he/she knew on that plane. An MBA 2011 student from LUMS also perished in the incident. May their soul rest in peace! Ameen!


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