Airplane with 99 onboard crashes in a residential area in Pak; several feared dead
AT LEAST 45 people have died when a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 99 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here on Friday, officials said.
Flight PK-8303 from Lahore carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, they said.
Sindh Health Department said that 45 people have been confirmed dead so far.
However, it was not immediately clear if the deceased were from the crashed plane or the area where the crash took place, the ‘Dawn’ newspaper reported.
Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho said that there are three survivors.
President of the Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood survived the crash. He called up his mother to inform her of his well-being.
Saad Edhi, a spokesperson of the Edhi welfare trust, said that around 25 to 30 residents whose houses were damaged by the plane have also been taken to the hospital, mostly with burn wounds.
According to the PIA official, the captain informed the air traffic control that he was having problems with the landing gear before the aircraft disappeared from the radar.
The major plane crash took place nearly a week after commercial flights were resumed on a limited scale amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
President Arif Alvi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the plane crash incident.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives as a result of the PIA passenger plane crash in Karachi, has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.