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Badly-trained crew blamed for 2012 Pakistan air crash

Published on Feb 5, 2014 8:55 PM

KARACHI (AFP) - The pilots of a Pakistani jetliner that plunged to the ground outside Islamabad in 2012 and killed 127 people were not trained to use its automated flight deck, investigators have found.

The Bhoja Air Boeing 737 from Karachi crashed in fields and burst into flames as it came in to land at the capital's Benazir Bhutto International airport during a storm in April 2012. There were no survivors.

In its official report Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) blamed the crew and Bhoja management for the crash, the second deadliest in the country's history.

The captain and his co-pilot had been trained to fly the Boeing 737-200 but not the more advanced 737-236 model which crashed, the CAA report said.

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