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Bin Yameen, who is a senior Islamabad police official, told MSNBC.com, "Dead bodies are lying all around."
The Airbus A321 was just 15 kilometers from the airport in Aslamabad when it collided with the surrounding Margalla hills. The resulting fire has scored a wide path in the forest and a section of the Faisal Mosque. Reports indicate that wreckage from the aircraft can be seen hanging from trees.
"I'm not surprised something like this has happened," Ahmed Fairuz, a passenger awaiting departure at Aslamabad airport told Reuters. "The weather is just too bad for flying."