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Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi (video)

22 May 2020 16:38, Somoy English Desk
Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi (video)
Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane, with an estimated 98 people onboard, crashed in Karachi's Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport on Friday.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the crash and added that the A320 Airbus, PK 8303, was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi.

Crowd gathered at the crash site.

Director Programming 24 News Ansar Naqvi and Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood were among the passengers. Masood's family has confirmed that he survived the crash. Details are awaited of other passengers.

The plane crashed only moments before its expected landing.

According to rescue services, two bodies have been recovered so far.

PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi, said the pilot told the control room that there was a technical issue and he decided to go around rather than land even though two runways were ready for landing.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said the plane fell in a populated area. "The concern now is of casualties of people in the area. Rangers and rescue services have been sent, we are trying to save as many lives as possible."

Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash within the congested residential area. Ambulances and rescue officials arrived at the scene to help residents. Eyewitness told DawnNewsTV that the plane was on fire in the air before crashing.

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