Friday, 05 June, 2020


World leaders saddened by tragic plane crash in Karachi

A plume of smoke is seen after the crash of a PIA aircraft in Karachi Pakistan A plume of smoke is seen after the crash of a PIA aircraft in Karachi Pakistan
Bennie Garza | 23 May, 2020, 02:43

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed near Karachi airport in a residential area, reports said.

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.

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

Zafar Masud, president of the Bank of Punjab, was the other passenger who survived the crash, a provincial government spokesman said.

Images posted to social media show smoke billowing out from a building in the wake of the crash near Jinnah International Airport on Friday.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was "shocked and saddened" by the news, adding that he was in contact with the airline's chief executive, who was en route to Karachi to meet the rescue teams. According to local reports, the plane had tried to land two or three times before the crash. "Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured", he wrote on Twitter.

An eyewitness told the media that the plane crashed in a residential area. Police in protective masks struggled to clear away crowds amid the smoke and dust so ambulances and firetrucks could reach the crash site.

Television channels showed several houses and cars damaged in the society where the aircraft crashed.

The airport in the northeastern city of Lahore, where the flight originated, initially said there were 107 people on board but that number was later revised down to 91 passengers and seven crew members.

"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.

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

The crash came just days after Pakistan allowed the domestic flights to resume operations after being grounded for days due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister, told local media that emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of Karachi.

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