Pakistan International Airlines flight with nearly 100 people on board crashes near Karachi airport
The aircraft crashed near a residential colony near Karachi airport. The fate of the people on-board is still unknown.
May 22, 2020 / 06:39 PM IST
Rescue and relief operations underway in the residential colony where the Pakistan passenger flight crashed in Karachi. (Image: ANI)
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Lahore to Karachi with nearly 100 people on board has crashed near the Karachi border.
According to reports in Pakistani media, the PIA Airbus A320 carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members crash-landed into the Jinnah housing society located near the airport.
Flight PK-8303 from Lahore 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, a spokesperson of the national airline has said.
"The captain informed the air traffic tower he having problems with the landing gear before disappearing from the radar," the spokesperson told PTI.
The Pakistan Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces has tweeted.
Pictures and videos shared on social media show thick, black smoke engulfing the residential colony where the flight is said to have crashed.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet, said that he was "shocked and saddened" by the PIA plane crash. He said that rescue and relief is the priority and that an inquiry will be instituted into the incident.
Live footage from television channels showed several houses and cars damaged in the society where the aircraft crashed.
Rescue and police officials confirmed that at least four bodies have been recovered from damaged houses so far while several injured people were also being taken to hospitals.
"It is too early to say how many people have died in this tragic accident but... it will be a miracle if the passengers and crew members have survived this horrible landing," a senior police official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
This is the first major aircraft crash in Pakistan after December 7, 2016 when a PIA ATR-42 aircraft from Chitral to Islamabad crashed midway. The crash claimed the lives of all 48 passengers and crew.