The Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crash in Islamabad on April 20, 2012 could have been caused by UFO sighting by the pilot, unconfirmed reports say.
A Russian news report on the crash shows footage of three mysterious lights moving in formation, leading to speculation in the UFO community that blame for the tragic accident might lie with an extraterrestrial craft.
The news report suggests that the pilot might have been distracted by the object and complained to the control tower at Islamabad Airport as he made his approach.
Officially, the reason for the tragic crash has been explained as the plane's fuel tanks exploding mid-air during a particularly ferocious thunderstorm, according to DNA India, killing all 127 people on board.
In a mayday call made moments before the disaster, the pilot reported that a fuel tank had caught fire and the plane was out of control. He asked controllers at Benazir Bhutto International Airport for help as he prepared for an emergency landing, saying he could see the roofs of houses but not the runway.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the plane was in the right position as it approached the runway, but suddenly dropped to 200' while still flying at 300 mph. It then descended to 50' more before its tanks exploded.
Given the violent storm lashing Islamabad during the accident, some experts have speculated that ‘wind shear, the sudden changes in wind that can lift or smash an aircraft into the ground during landing, might have been a factor.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has ordered a judicial investigation into the accident. Farooq Bhoja, head of Bhoja Air, has been put on the Exit Control List.
The Pakistani government mandated that all airplanes operated by private airlines must undergo a new inspection to determine whether they are safe to fly.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said:
It is being said that the aircraft was quite old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft. The aircraft had been retired by Shaheen Air and then acquired and placed in service by Bhoja Air in March 2012.
The Bhoja Air crash was the second in Pakistan in less than two years involving a private Pakistani airline. In both cases, the planes went down in bad weather as they approached the main airport in Islamabad.
Benazir Bhutto International Airport closed May 3, 2018, being replaced by Islamabad International Airport.