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Tue, May 01, 2012

Pakistani Officials Say Fuel Tank Explosion Caused Bhoja Airlines Accident

Some News Report Indicated That Unidentified Lights May Have Been Present

Officials in Pakistan are saying that the April 20th accident involving a Bhoja Airlines Boeing 737 was caused by the airliner's fuel tanks catching fire and exploding while on approach to Islamabad Airport, but some news reports have added a layer of mystery to the accident which fatally injured all 127 people on board the airplane.

The pilot made a mayday call moments before the disaster, and reported that a fuel tank had caught fire and the plane was out of control. Authorities said the jet had been properly positioned at the beginning of the approach but then descended suddenly to 200 feet while flying at 300mph. It then descended another 50 feet before its tanks exploded. Given the violent thunderstorm raging in the vicinity, some experts have speculated that wind shear may have been a factor in the jet’s inability to hold altitude.

But the Daily Mail of India cites a Russian news report which shows footage of three mysterious lights moving in formation. That has led to speculation in the UFO community that an extraterrestrial may have been involved. The news report suggests the pilot could have been distracted by the object, and even complained to the control tower at Islamabad Airport as he made his approach.

A judicial investigation into the accident has been ordered, and the head of Bhoja Air has been restricted from leaving the country. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, "It is being said that the aircraft was quite old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft. 'The causes will be investigated, whether it was any fault in the aircraft, it was lightning, the bad weather or any other factor that caused the loss of precious lives," he added. The plane's flight data recording systems, key to any investigation, have been recovered.

www.caapakistan.com.pk

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