Pakistan International Airlines flight,going from Lahore to Karachi,has crashed moments before the landing The aircraft was carrying around 100 passengers.
The PIA plane crashed over a residential colony near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.The extent of damage or loss of life is still unknown.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar has confirmed the crash.The PIA flight PK 8303 was carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew members.
As per the local media reports,the aircraft had lost both its engines.Eyewitnesses said the engines were on fire.The aircraft’s tail hit a four-storey building in Jinnah Garden area of Model Colony that borders the airport runways.
The visuals on the local media show a huge plume of smoke coming out from some houses in Karachi’s Model colony.
While the authorities have not issued a list or number of casualties or injured in the incident, there are a few reports of survivors coming out in social media.
Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood, who was a Premium Economy passenger,on the flight has survived. He is in hospital and spoke to his mother over the phone.
Another passenger Ammar Rashid, who was on the plane, has survived the crash and is being treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital,his family has said on social media.
A media channel in Pakistan has confirmed that one of its senior staff members Ansar Naqvi has lost his life in the crash.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash Immediate inquiry will be instituted.Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”
Pakistan’s Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash,local media has reported.
Pakistan had resumed commercial passenger air travel on May 16 after a prolonged nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 outbreak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the crash,”Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan.Our condolences to the families of the deceased,and wishing speedy recovery to those injured.”