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Plane crash in Pakistan: Pakistan plane with 107 crashes on board in a residential area of ​​Karachi; several feared dead | World News

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KARACHI: At least 57 people died when a Pakistan International Airlines the plane with 99 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport Here on Friday, authorities said, almost a week after the government lifted Covid-19-induced air travel restrictions.
Flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi When it crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near the Model Colony in Malir, minutes before its landing, they said.
The PIA Airbus A320 with 91 passengers and eight crew members crashed at the Jinnah Housing Society, located near the airport, a spokesperson for the national company said.
Thick black smoke rose from the scene of the devastation accident in the Colonia Modelo area.
Previously, a PIA spokesperson and many media reports said there were 107 people on board the plane.
Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho and rescue officials confirmed that 57 bodies have so far been recovered from the crash site.
“But we have yet to determine whether these 57 people were on board the flight or include residents of the area, as several houses were damaged by the plane when it crashed,” he said.
The minister said there are three survivors, including Bank of Punjab president Zafar Masood. He called his mother to inform her of his well-being.
Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Welfare Trust said that 25 to 30 residents whose homes were damaged by the plane were also rushed to the hospital, mainly with burn injuries.
The plane’s wings during crash landing hit the houses of the residential colony before crashing.
“At least 25 houses have been damaged in this incident,” said Edhi.
“The first priority is to rescue people. The main obstacle is the narrow streets and the presence of ordinary people who gathered at the scene after the accident, but who have dispersed, “said the minister.
According to a PIA official, the captain informed air traffic control that he was having problems with the landing gear before the plane disappeared from radar.
Thick black smoke arose from a scene of devastation in the Colonia Modelo area.
Television footage showed rescuers combing through debris strewn across the streets of the district, 3 km northeast of the airport, where several houses have been destroyed.
The cause of the accident has yet to be confirmed. PIA executive director deputy marshal Arshad Malik said the pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties.”
Malik rejected reports that the plane was in trouble even before it flew. Speaking to the media, he said that the plane was completely safe and sound.
He said that all controls and procedures were carried out and that “both technically and administratively everything was in place and perfect.”
The plane with 99 people on board arrived to land, but just before landing, the pilot said he was going to make a turn. While coming for a second landing, he developed some problems and crashed.
“The true cause of the mishap will be known after the investigation, which will be free and fair and will have the media,” he said.
He said some houses were damaged but none of them collapsed. There was no death on the ground until now.
Malik said the entire operation will take two to three days to complete.
Dunya News from Pakistan said it had obtained a recording of the conversation, also posted on the monitoring website liveatc.net.
In it, the pilot says they have “lost two engines.” Several seconds later he calls “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” and there is no more communication.
Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi expressed pain and sorrow for the loss of life in the plane crash.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep sadness at the loss of precious lives as a result of the PIA. Passenger plane Accident in Karachi, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the loss of life and ordered the military to provide full assistance to the civil administration in rescue and relief efforts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the loss of life in the plane crash and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.
The flight was coming from Lahore to Karachi after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed limited resumption of domestic flights last Saturday after weeks of blockade due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Television channels showed several houses and damaged cars in the society where the plane crashed.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control at 2:37 p.m. local time, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said.
He said that the passengers included, 31 women and nine children.
A colony resident who witnessed the accident told the Ary News channel that the plane had fire coming from its wings that crashed into the roofs of some houses before crashing.
This is the first major plane crash in Pakistan after December 7, 2016 when a PIA ATR-42 plane from Chitral to Islamabad crashed halfway. The accident claimed the lives of the 48 passengers and crew.
Friday’s accident happened on a day when the Interior Ministry announced the Eid holiday from May 22 to 27, even as the country was facing an increase in coronavirus cases.
Covid-19 cases in the country have crossed the 50,000 mark after a record 2,603 ​​more patients were diagnosed Thursday. The death toll is 1,067.
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