Plane Crash Search in Pakistan Disrupted by Rains

The plane crash search and recovery efforts in Pakistan are currently encountering hitches as heavy monsoon rains pour on the site on Thursday.

It can be recalled that a Pakistani plane crash on Wednesday took the lives of 152 people. The Airblue flight ED202 went down because of bad weather, before it even reached Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto airport.

According to reports by the Al Jazeera, the recovery of bodies over at Margalla Hills is harder for the emergency teams because of the heavy rains and mud.

“Rescue teams will resume the search operation as soon as it stops raining as we still have to find the black box,” Bani Amin, a police official, said.

The data recorder is expected to explain the questions why, despite the plane being diverted due to bad weather, the jet was still flying low and close to the hills. This was far from the normal route.

“Time is very precious,” Khawaja Abdul Majeed, the investigation team’s head, told Dawn News television. “We have to collect evidence as soon as possible, so we don’t have much time.”

Worries also mount as the heavy rains may damage or wash away the evidences on site.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani “expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic incident.”