Pakistani passenger plane crashes near Karachi

Pakistani passenger plane crashes near Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines plane en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed near Karachi's Model Colony area, according to media reports.

The pilots of flight PK8303, an Airbus A320 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, were attempting to land at the city's Jinnah International Airport.

"Sir, we have lost engines", the pilot said to a controller, according to the LiveATC recording. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.

Global flights are not expected to resume until June 1.

"The pilot was told that both runways were ready for him to land".

Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low with flames shooting from one of its engines.

Mukhtar said this isn't the first such crash in Karachi. "The main hurdle is narrow streets and presence of ordinary people who gathered at the place after the crash but they have been dispersed", the minister said. A committee of investigation has already been set up.

Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on November 1, 2019.

Domestic flights have only recently restarted after being grounded in Pakistan due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What happened at the crash scene?

The aircraft crashed in the densely-populated Model Colony area near Jinnah worldwide airport in Karachi.

"All I could see around was smoke and fire", he added.

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"I heard a blast". "They are nearly my neighbours, I can't tell you what a frightful thing it was".

The chief minister of Sindh, the province where the plane crashed, has declared an emergency in all of Karachi's hospital.

Latvia Foreign Minsiter Edgars Rinkēvičs in a tweet from his official handle sent "heartfelt condolences" to plane victims and their families.

The alleyway at the centre of the crash was littered with debris from pieces of the plane's cabin along with personal goods from luggage, which were scattered across vehicles and motorbikes parked in front of homes.

As of about seven hours later, there were reportedly at least three survivors.

A senior journalist at TV channel 24 News, Ansar Naqvi, and an ex-head of the Punjab Disaster Management Authority, Khalid Sherdil, were also listed on the passenger manifest.

It was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt as the Pakistan International Airlines jet, an Airbus A320, plowed into an alley and destroyed at least five houses.

"This isn't just a PIA issue - it's a countrywide issue that means air travel in Pakistan needs to have more rigour applied to its safety checks".

In 2012, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan's Bhoja Air crashed in bad weather on its approach to land in Rawalpindi, killing all 121 passengers and six crew. Pakistan International's chairman resigned in late 2016, less than a week after the crash of an ATR 42 turboprop killed 47 people.

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A resident of the colony who witnessed the crash told Ary News channel that the aircraft had fire coming from its wings which crashed into rooftops of some houses before it crash landed.

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