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28 July 2010

Airblue A321 crash kills all 152 on board

28 July 2010; Airblue; A321-231; flight 202; near Islamabad, Pakistan: The aircraft (AP-BJB) was on a scheduled domestic flight from Karachi to Islamabad, Pakistan when it crashed during approach in a hilly area near the airport. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash, and all 146 passengers and six crew members were killed. The crash occurred at 9:45 am local time, and early reports indicate that there was rain in the area at the time of the crash.

Previous Airbus A320 Series Crashes
This is the ninth crash involving airline passenger deaths on an aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. The first was a June 1988 air show crash of an Air France A320, and the most recent was a May 2008 TACA Airlines A320 crash in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

About Airblue Airlines
Airblue is a private airline based in Pakistan. It began operations in 2004 and has an active fleet of about five A320 series aircraft. This was their first major crash.

Additional Resources
Wikipedia page about the crash
Wikipedia page about AirBlue
Fatal A320 plane crashes
Fatal airliner crash rates by model

Photo Credits: Wikipedia, Getty Images


  1. the ED202 flight of airblue crash may be accured due to several contributing errors like all other accidents similar to them (including PK-268) but one of the major error can be the flaw of management, because the senior pilot pervez chaudhhry was almost consectively flying from last 10 days and managent denied the proper rest hours to captain pervez. he was flying from italy recently when he joined an other flight towards the islamabad from Karachi. management generates its own benefit through it because it has to pay the same pilot less than the pay of two pilots, but pilot takes the twice workload. so the pilot fatigue, low management can be areason of that crash. other contributing factors can be the CFIT terain, ATC controllers errror, bad Weather and technical navigational error.

    dilshad(Aviation student)

  2. ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES EMPLOYEES ARE GETING READY TO GO ON A STRIKE FOR FAILED NEGOTIATIONS ON THE SPENDING OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES REVENUES WITH PRIME MINSTER MELES ZENAWI BACKING UP HIS WIFE AZEB MESFIN . Azeb Mesfin, wife of dictator Meles Zenawi, member of the rubber stamp Ethiopian parliament and boss of the biggest corruption scheme in the world called the Endowment Fund the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) has been pushing state banks to the brink of bankruptcy.

    According to well-positioned banking sources, since Azeb took over EFFORT from Sebhat Nega last year she is personally pressurizing banks to illegally grant huge amounts of loans in local and hard currency. EFFORT, which allegedly owes close to 10 billion birr in unpaid loans mainly from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the Development Bank of Ethiopia and the Business and Construction Bank, is well-known for defaulting on the multi- billion birr loans it is raking out of the coffers of state-owned banks.

    Azeb, widely known as the First Lady of Corruption and Queen of Mega, has been hand twisting banks, managed by inexperienced TPLF’s hirelings, to loan out a string of additional funds to EFFORT, which has practically monopolized the economy. The latest instalment of the loan bonanza to the privileged and discriminatory ethnic business conglomerate arrived in the amount of $120 million (1.6 billion birr) which was secured a few months ago from the major state banks including Development Bank of Ethiopia. The bank has already been in the red as it carries a huge burden of unpaid non-performing loans.

    The latest loan was approved for EFFORT’s shady business proposal to launch a huge irrigation project in Tigray. Under Hiwot Agriculture Mechanization, one of TPLF’s numerous companies, EFFORT has already short-listed foreign agribusiness giants including, a Saudi Arabian Irrigation firm, Alkhorayet Industry and Valley, the British Irrigation company and Israeli Drip irrigation, Omni. The main idea of the project is to produce cash crop for export while two-thirds of households in Tigray depend on food aid.

    “We are witnessing the most unacceptable form of discrimination that is illegal anywhere. Almost all state banks have been serving TPLF first as the rest of the nation is their last priority,” said a businessman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    “The Prime Minister’s wife has been using her influence and privilege to play with money at the expense of poor taxpayers. This is corruption of the worst kind. Nobody knows why EFFORT is not paying tax and servicing the loans that should have been invested on essential projects that benefits everyone,” he added.

    It has been reported that almost all of TPLF’s companies, which barely pay income tax, are undertaking expansion projects financed by state-owned banks that never ask EFFORT and Azeb to pay back the funds. Last year EFFORT took out a whopping $1.41 million, nearly 2 billion birr, for the expansion of Messebo Cement Factory from the ailing Development Bank of Ethiopia, which sustains its operations on loans from internal and external loans.