KARACHI: Bhoja Air owner Farooq Bhoja, who was earlier taken into custody by Federal Investigative Agency (FIA), was released on Sunday after initial investigations, Express News reported.
Bhoja was taken into custody on April 21 after FIA started its probe into the Bhoja Air plane crash which left 121 passengers and six crew members dead.
FIA Sindh Director Muazzam Jah Ansari had said that Bhoja was not arrested but just taken into custody for interrogation. He was taken into custody from his house in the Burns Road area of Karachi.
The FIA also raided his office in the Nursery area and seized official documents for inquiry.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that Bhoja’s name has been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Bhoja Air plane crash
The private company’s passenger airliner crashed near Islamabad on April 20 while trying to land during a thunderstorm. All 127 people on board died during the incident.
The flight from Karachi burst into flames after coming down in fields near a village on the outskirts of capital Islamabad as it tried to land in rain and hail at the city’s international airport.
The airline officials confirmed that the Boeing 737-200 was carrying 121 passengers, including 11 children, as well as six crew.