A passenger airplane with at the very least 100 individuals on board has crashed in a residential space within the Pakistani metropolis of Karachi, the nation’s civil aviation company mentioned on Friday.
“We are attempting to verify the variety of passengers however initially it’s 99 passengers and eight crew members,” mentioned Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the nation’s aviation authority.
The flight from the japanese metropolis of Lahore crashed close to the Jinnah Worldwide Airport in Karachi, the nation’s largest metropolis, on Friday afternoon, officers mentioned.
The PK8303 flight was attributable to land in Karachi at 14:45 native time (09:45 GMT). The Airbus A320 airplane was operated by state-run Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA).
There have been no fast stories on the variety of casualties or survivors however a relative of a passenger on board the airplane advised Al Jazeera she was in a position to contact him after the crash.
A detailed relative was on the flight from Lahore that crashed. There are survivors — he’s one.
— Zainab Imam (@zainabimam) Might 22, 2020
Pictures proven on nationwide tv confirmed plumes of smoke above houses in a congested residential neighbourhood.
Tv footage from the scene confirmed various ambulances unable to make progress within the slender lanes of the residential neighbourhood the place the crash occurred, as individuals crowded in in direction of the positioning.
Pakistan resumed restricted home business flights final week, after a months-long suspension because of the coronavirus. Flights are working with lowered capability to make sure that passengers are sitting with one seat’s area between them within the cabin.
In 2016, a PIA business flight crashed within the northern Pakistani area of Chitral, killing all 47 individuals on board.
Well being officers advised Al Jazeera that hospitals within the teeming metropolis of 22 million in Pakistan’s south had been placed on emergency discover to take care of doable casualties from the crash.
Along with passengers, a number of houses within the space on hearth
It was an @Official_PIA Airbus A320 on a flight from #lahore to #Karachi says @PKAviation. The plane is registered AP-BLD and flight quantity was #PK8303. It took off from Lahore at 1300 & scheduled to land at 1445 pic.twitter.com/qf65wTWD19
— Osama Bin Javaid (@osamabinjavaid) Might 22, 2020