Black box of crashed Pak plane found: Report
An official says recovery workers have found the "black box" flight data recorder from the wreckage of the worst-ever plane in Pakistan.
Islamabad: An official says recovery workers have found the "black box" flight data recorder from the wreckage of the worst-ever plane in Pakistan.
The crash in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killed all 152 people aboard the Airblue flight on Wednesday.
Ramzan Sajid of the Capital Development Authority, a government agency, says the flight recorder was found Saturday. He did not know what condition it was in.
The recorder has been handed to aviation officials.
Earlier Pakistan marked a day of mourning Thursday for the 152 victims of the country`s worst plane crash, as emergency crews continued a grim search for bodies amid thick mud, rain and slippery hillsides.
By Wednesday night, emergency crews had recovered 115 bodies from the wreckage of the Airblue flight, which crashed into the hills outside Islamabad on Wednesday, federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said.
Army troops and civilian rescue workers resumed the search on Thursday in the hopes of finding the remaining 37 bodies. The search is difficult because many of the bodies were torn apart in the crash.
Tough conditions also slowed the pace of operations, said Ramzan Khalid, spokesman for the Capital Development Authority, which helps deal with emergencies.
Authorities now believe monsoon weather was a factor in the crash, which killed everyone on board — 146 passengers and six crew members.
But Pakistan`s Civil Aviation Authority also said the plane had been ordered to take an alternative approach to the runway, but had veered off course. Finding out why will be a key task of the investigation team, said Riazul Haq, director general of the agency.