Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday, according to Civil Aviation Authority sources. Confirming the PIA plane crash, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said Flight 8303 had 90 passengers and eight crew members on board from Lahore to Karachi. The death toll is being ascertained. Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock at the accident.
The plane reportedly had a problem with its landing gear, which unfortunately caused it. CAA sources said that the communication was cut off from the plane one minute before it landed.
The captain of the PIA plane had made a Mayday call just before the crash, and according to audio leaked, the pilot could be heard clearly saying, “The plane lost its engines.”
Image Taken Before Crash
According to Civil Aviation Authority, PIA flight PK8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. It was just 3.2Km or 1 minute short of landing.
Raw Footages of The Plane
Another Flight Passenger Filmed the Accident
Footage Just After the Crash
#Pakistani forces and fire brigade reach the residential area near Karachi airport where the PIA flight crashed this afternoon. Rescue efforts underway.#Pakistan #piacrash #Karachi #AirlineNews pic.twitter.com/kzm8NbEqbT— 5 News Australia (@5NewsAustralia) May 22, 2020
The PK8303 crashed into 4-storey building. The plane crashed one-minute before estimate time of landing.
Zafar Masood the President and CEO of Punjab Bank was also in the flight. A video has surfaced of him being rescued by residents of the crash site. The DNA of the rest of the victims shall be checked in order to identify them.
Previous Plane Crashes/Safety Records:
Pakistan has a number of crashes in the past, one of them killing Junaid Jamshed, a prominent religious scholar, ex muscian and a buisnessman.
Air Blue a private Pakistani airline in 2010 crashed near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board. It is regarded as the deadliest plane crash to date in Pakistan.
In 2012, a Boeing plane crashed in bad weather trying to land in Rawalpindi, killing all six crew and 121 passengers.
And in 2016, 47 people were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines owned plane travelling from northern Pakistan to Islamabad burst into flames.
*NOTE: This is a developing story. The data in this report is subject to change.
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