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  • On the evening of 20 April, it was raining in Islamabad, people of Hussainabad village were preparing for their Maghrib Prayers when all of a sudden a loud thunder was heard, a teem of body parts and pieces of machinery fell down from the sky. Residents came out to see what had happened and ran back in quickly for shelter, there was fire everywhere. Cataclysm had befallen upon thousands of people.

    Bhoja Air, Boeing 737 made its last contact at 6:40 local time with the ATC and was preparing to land at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The carrier was just 7km short of runway when the pilot, Capt. Noorullah Afridi lost control of the aircraft which came smashing into the ground 7 minutes later.
    The debris was scattered all over Hussainabad village, Rawalpindi. It took over 30 minutes for rescue teams to reach the area and around 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

    It was said that Bhoja Air had all the classic elements of a doomed flight. The Aircraft was 25 years old, the weather was bad. During the training all pilots are warned against flying underneath a cumulonimbus and microbursts(cold, heavy air that plunges to the ground and splashes against the surface advancing outwards and upwards) as they can bring the whole aircraft down.

    Finally the most important call whether or not to go for landing always remains with the captain who in this case was a complete obstinate despite being warned by ATC of severe weather conditions.
    It is astonishing fact that pilots of low budget airlines are prompted to go for landing to save fuel and other charges on diversions.

    While the rescue workers started to glean the bodies and debris scattered over an area of 2km, the national flag carrier offered its help by operating a special flight (PK-300) to Islamabad from Karachi free of cost and providing free carriage for the coffins.
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