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PIA flight with 99 passengers crashes in Karachi

No report on the number of casualties yet

👤 Srimathi Sridharan22 May 2020 12:56 PM GMT
PIA flight with 99 passengers crashes in Karachi
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New Delhi: A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore, with 91 passengers and eight crew on board, crashed near the Karachi airport, just a minute before the Airbus A320 was to land.

There are no reports on the number of casualties yet.

The PIA flight PK-8303 went down in Jinnah Garden area residential near Model Colony in Malir - just short of the Jinnah International Airport.

Visuals by Pakistan media showed wreckage and several houses in the area are on fire.

Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the sky as ambulances tried to make their way through.

25 residents, who were injured in the crash were reportedly taken to the hospital. An emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of Karachi.

News agency PTI quoted sources in Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority as saying that communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing.

An immediate inquiry will be instituted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced. "Shocked and saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased," he tweeted.

Karachi and Lahore are about 1,020 km apart and it takes under two hours for a flight to cover the distance.