A Boeing 737-200 operated by Karachi-based Bhoja Air, a Pakistani domestic carrier, crashed today into a small village near Islamabad, with nine crew members and 118 passengers onboard.
For the past three months, three Rostvertol Mi-26T helicopters owned by Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations have been in Pakistan to support relief efforts following last year’s devastating earthquake.
With 75,000 dead confirmed so far, relief efforts following October’s earthquake in Pakistan are moving into a new and more hazardous phase. Thierry Lakahinsky of Belgium’s Skytech said that with winter setting in, the death toll will probably rise. “Everybody is anxious to see how the flying conditions will be affected by the incoming weather.”