Death toll in Pakistan plane crash hits 66...

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Death toll in Pakistan plane crash hits 66

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:11 AM, 23 May 2020   Updated: 12:13 AM, 23 May 2020

Death toll in Pakistan plane crash hits 66

Death toll in Pakistan plane crash hits 66

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane, with an estimated 99 people onboard, crashed in Karachi's Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport on Friday.

Sindh health officials have said that so far, 66 people have been confirmed dead. It is, however, unclear if the deceased were all onboard the flight or include area residents as well where the crash took place. Two people are confirmed to have survived the crash, according to officials.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said that the A320 Airbus was carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi on PK 8303. Eyewitnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near the airport.

“The aeroplane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses,” witness Shakeel Ahmed said near the site, just a few kilometres short of the airport, according to Reuters.

Pakistani TV footage showed that many houses in the area had been damaged.

"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 PM Imran Khan tweeted.

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