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Pakistani Airline 'Bears Responsibility' For Crash That Killed 127

Plane Crashes In Pakistan, Killing All Aboard
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Investigators collect evidence from the crash site near Islamabad on April 21 as relatives arrive to claim the remains of their loved ones killed in the crash.

The Pakistani government says the airline that owned the Boeing 737 that crashed on April 20 near Islamabad, killing all 127 aboard, bears responsibility for the accident.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Bhoja Air "seems to be at fault as it had acquired a very old aircraft."

He added that if an airline "doesn't have enough money, it doesn't mean you go and buy a 30-year-old or more aircraft as if it were a rickshaw and start an airline."

Malik also said that Farooq Bhoja, the airline's owner, had been put on a list of people not permitted to leave Pakistan while investigation into the accident continues.

The plane was flying from the southern city of Karachi to Islamabad when it went down in bad weather a few kilometers away from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Investigators are still trying to find the cause of the disaster.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

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