A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say.
Flight PK8303, which was carrying around 91 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports.
Pictures showed a scene of devastation in the Model Colony residential area.
Emergency services have arrived. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.
The plane, an Airbus A320, was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km (two miles) north-east of Jinnah International Airport.
“We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country’s aviation authority.
The flight from the eastern city of Lahore crashed near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the country’s largest city, on Friday afternoon, officials said.
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The PK8303 flight was due to land in Karachi at 14:45 local time (09:45 GMT). The Airbus A320 plane was operated by state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
“Our plane A320 which was coming from Lahore to Karachi … the last words for the pilot were that there is a technical problem and he was told on final approach that he has both runways available to him. But the pilot indicated that he wanted to go around,” PIA CEO Arshad Malik said in a video message released after the crash.
At least six wounded have been taken to a hospital, but yet to be confirmed if they are crash survivors.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his shock at the crash. “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash…. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” Khan tweeted.
Mr. Imran Khan has stated that there are no survivors after rescuers tried all means possible to stop the fires and get the bodies out.
Pakistan resumed limited domestic commercial flights last week, after a months-long suspension due to the coronavirus. Flights are operating with reduced capacity to ensure that passengers are sitting with one seat’s space between them in the cabin.
In 2016, a PIA commercial flight crashed in the northern Pakistani region of Chitral, killing all 47 people on board.
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