PIA flight with 98 passengers crashes in Pakistan
Published: 05:26 PM, 22 May 2020 Updated: 06:21 PM, 22 May 2020
PIA aircraft crashes in residential area near Karachi airport; Photo: Collected
An aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) A320 Airbus carrying 98 passengers crashed in Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday.
The plane was flying from Lahore to Karachi, confirmed PIA spokesman Abdul Sattar to reporters, saying the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
The wreckage and several houses in the area on fire, video footage published by Pakistan media. Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the sky as ambulances tried to make their way through. – NDTV.
“We are trying to confirm the number of passengers,” Abdul Sattar told news agency AFP, saying there were eight crew members beside 98 passengers.
Pakistan media reported that the Quick Reaction Force of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers are currently at the spot for assistance and rescue efforts, but hindered due to the presence of a large crowd and narrow lines.
The crash happened just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume. – BBC.
In 2016, a PIA aircraft burst into flames and crashed at Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.