Pakistan passenger plane with 107 on board crashes in Karachi

A passenger plane belonging to state-run airline Pakistani International Airlines

Witnesses say the Pakistani International Airlines plane attempted to land three times before crashing

"It is too early to say how many people have died in this tragic accident will be a miracle if the passengers and crew members have survived this disgusting landing", a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. The flight was an A320 and PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar told Dawn News that flight PK8303 was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members.

Seemin Jamali, a doctor at nearby Jinnah Hospital, said at least five bodies had been brought in.

There were reports of injuries among people in the neighborhood. Most of the injured are in critical condition, he added.

The outlet said Masud had been taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. But it was not clear how numerous dead were passengers and how many residents on the ground.

Karachi resident Mudassar Ali said he "heard a big bang and woke up to people calling for the fire brigade".

At least two passengers survived the crash, according to Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, the information minister in Sindh province where Karachi is located. The condition of both was stated stable by doctors.

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar said that the landing gear of the plane was not working. I thought it was just because of landing. Pakistan has been in a countrywide lockdown since mid-March to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Abdullah, the PIA spokesman, told reporters that it would be early to comment on the possible causes of the crash. However, the pilots chose to go around, and the plane is said to have crashed shortly after. Images aired on national television showed clouds of thick black smoke billowing from the site.

Ambulances and fire brigade vehicles gather at the site of the passenger plane crash
Ambulances and fire brigade vehicles gather at the site of the passenger plane crash

The aircraft, PIA Airbus A320, was on its way from Lahore to Karachi when it crashed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport on Friday (May 22).

After the aircraft reportedly called off an earlier attempt to land and went around for a second attempt, a controller radioed the pilot of flight 8303 that he appeared to be turning left, suggesting he was off-course. Several vehicles also caught fire.

Rescue workers search for victims at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. "I could not understand at the first moment what was happening", Rana Jawed, an eyewitness told reporters.

Residents near the scene said their walls shook before a big explosion erupted as the aircraft slammed into their neighbourhood.

The broadcaster Geo TV showed crowds near the scene, which appeared to be a densely populated area, and ambulances trying to make their way through.

While the country's army tweeted that troops had reached the site to conduct relief-and-rescue efforts.

"So many lost lives on one single day, just two days before Eid", Sukhera said during a Facebook chat from Lahore, Pakistan. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. "Prayers and condolences go to families of the deceased", Khan tweeted.

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