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A violent thunderstorm lashed the capital when the plane crashed at around 6:40 p.m. local time and there was limited visibility.
Bhoja Air is a relatively new airline that began commercial flights just 10 years ago. It shut down due to financial difficulties in 1998 and only recently restarted operations using four planes. The crash brings to light questions many have had over Pakistan's booming air industry. Critics say that standards have not improved as fast as the demand.
The aircraft involved in Friday's crash was reportedly 27 years old and questions have been raised about its airworthiness.