PIA flight PK8303 crashes in Karachi's Model Colony

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground.

Relief and rescue operations are still underway.

At least 57 bodies have been recovered from the site of the crash. "Our prayers for the lives that have been lost", Khan said.

Raw video footage he sent, which was viewed by the Toronto Sun, show people being carried away from the fiery wreckage. An AFP reporter witnessed charred bodies being loaded into ambulances. However, the pilots made a decision to go around, and the plane is said to have crashed shortly after.

According to a media report, a technical fault might have led to the tragedy.

A Pakistan International Airlines jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighbourhood near the airport in Karachi after an apparent engine failure before landing.

"It is too early to say how many people have died in this tragic accident but.it will be a miracle if the passengers and crew members have survived this awful landing", a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. "Almost four houses were completely collapsed, there was so much fire and smoke", he said. The engines' sounds were quite weird.

Rescuers said dozens of people were still trapped under the rubble.

Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

Ownership records for the Airbus A320 showed China Eastern Airlines flew the plane from 2004 until 2014.

Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that he was in touch with the airline's CEO and that an investigation would be conducted soon.

"The pilot was told that he could land at the Karachi airports, he was told that both the runways were ready, but he took a circle and gave a MayDay call before the crash", another civil aviation official, Abdul Sattar Khohar, told Reuters.

Local publication Dawn has reported the Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers have reached the site and begun rescue efforts alongside civil administration.

The crash happened just as Pakistan was resuming domestic flights weeks after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

File photo taken on December 25, 2013 shows a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft at Islamabad international airport in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

The flight typically takes an hour and a half from the northeastern city of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, to Karachi.

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