Pakistan pledges full probe into plane crash that killed 127

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Pakistan pledges full probe into plane crash that killed 127

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Pakistani officials have promised a full investigation into the crash of a domestic flight that killed all 127 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 737, run by local airline Bhoja Air, came down near Islamabad airport as it tried to land in a thunderstorm.

The ‘black box’ flight recorder has been found and officials are examining all possibilities from a technical fault to the plane’s age – some reports
suggest it was over 27 years old – to sabotage.

Eleven children and a newlywed couple were among the passengers on the plane en route from Karachi.

Distraught relatives have flown to the capital to claim the remains of their loved ones.

One bereaved father said he was told to come to Islamabad to identify his daughter and for a DNA test. Another man accompanied his grief-stricken daughter whose husband was on board the flight.

Bhoja Air’s owner Farooq Bhoja has been barred from leaving Pakistan to ensure his cooperation with the investigation.

The airline started flights in 1993. It suspended operations eight years later amid financial problems and only resumed domestic services last month.