The wreckage turned into a ball of flame and plumes of thick smoke rose through the wet sky. A rescue official said he had seen burnt bodies and parts of the plane spread all over the Margalla valley in what is possibly Pakistan's worst air disaster. Hampered by rain, rescue staff struggled to reach the crash site in an inaccessible and difficult terrain. The aircraft wreckage was spread in a wide area on both sides of the valley. Over 100 bodies had been recovered, said Islamabad Police's Deputy Inspector General Binyamin. He added that identification of the bodies could be a problem. The rescuers formed a three kilometre long human chain to evacuate the bodies. Heavy equipment required to cut through the debris of the aircraft struggled to reach the site.
Image: Smoke rises from the site of the plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.