Bhoja Air Owner Banned From Leaving Pakistan

Posted April 21st, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan is prohibiting the owner of an airline from leaving the country following the crash of one of its planes that killed 127 people.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Farooq Bhoja has been barred from leaving Pakistan while aviation officials investigate Friday's crash that killed all on board.

Officials say the Bhoja Air jet was on its maiden flight from Karachi to Islamabad when it went down during a thunderstorm.

Witnesses say the Boeing 737 crashed near the capital's international airport and that it may have already been on fire before it hit the ground. Officials say no one on the ground was injured.

In July 2010, a passenger plane operated by Airblue airlines crashed in the mountains near Islamabad, killing all 152 people onboard. It was the deadliest plane crash in the country's history.