Pakistan PIA plane crash: 57 dead, two survived; Deeply saddened by loss of life, says PM Modi

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Updated: May 22, 2020 10:50:58 PM

The aircraft - A320 - was reportedly carrying 90-100 passengers. PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash, however, refused to comment any further.

The flight was carrying 90-100 passengers, reports said. (Reuters)

Karachi air crash news: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft has crashed in Karachi. The aircraft, on way from Lahore to Karachi, crashed in a residential area near the Karachi airport just before landing. The aircraft – A320 – was reportedly carrying 107 passengers. PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash, however, refused to comment any further. Flight PK-303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, reports added. According to Dawn News, Director Programming 24 News Ansar Naqvi and Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood were among the passengers.

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57 killed in plane crash: Citing Sindh health officials, Dawn News reported that 57 people had been confirmed dead. It was, however, not clear if the deceased were all onboard the flight or from the residential area where the crash took place, the report said.

DG-ISPR on Pakistan PIA crash: “Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search and Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts. To speed up relief and rescue efforts, Army Urban Search and Rescue Team with special equipment and rescue specialists flown from Rawalpindi. Ten fire tenders at site have extinguished fire. Military ambulances busy in rescuing injured & providing necessary medical care.”

PIA plane crash: Thirty-four people have lost their lives in tragic plane crash that took place near Karachi airport earlier in the day, according to a report in PTI.

President of Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood survived the crash. He called up his mother to inform her of his well-being, reports PTI.

Plane was in flames before it crashed: Reports citing witnesses say that plane was already in flames before it crashed. The flight had fire coming from its wings before it crashed into rooftops of some houses. The pilot had told the air traffic controller that he had lost both the engines. But he decided to go around instead of landing. He said – Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (word used as a distress signal in voice communications) – before transmission ended.

PM Modi expresses grief: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan. “Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured,” he said.

What happened before crash: Explaining what happened moment before the crash, PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik said the pilot told the control room that there was some technical issues. The ATC told the pilot that two runways were ready for landing he can land there. But pilot decided to go around rather than land even though the runways were ready.

Five corpses from crash: Reuters reported that a doctor at nearby Jinnah Hospital confirmed that there were at least five corpses from the crash site. “The areoplane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses,” a witness Shakeel Ahmed told Reuters.

PIA flight crashes in Karachi residential area minutes before landing – PICS

“Shocked & 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,” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his tweet expressing grief over the incidence.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said “Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers have reached the crash site for relief and rescue efforts alongside the civil administration.”

Images being flashed on Pakistani news channels showed thick black plume of smoke rising from the crash site and ambulances rushing to the spot.  Geo News showed a few houses on fire and reported quoting sources that one of the engines of the aircraft had experienced a technical fault which could have caused the accident. However, there is no official confirmation from Pakistani authorities about the cause  of the air crash. An emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of Karachi after the incident, Dawn news quoted Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister, as saying.

More details are awaited.

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