A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane with 107 people on board has crashed Friday in a populated area near the airport in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi airport in Pakistan. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the plane PK-8303 operated by Pakistan International Airlines crashed at 2:33 before landing at Jinnah International Airport., according to aviation authorities.
The plane departed Lahore, capital of Punjab province, at 1 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Karachi at 2:45 p.m., a CAA spokesman said, adding that the Airbus A320 was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew.
There are an estimated 107people on board. Of them, 99 are passengers and 8 are crew members. The plane came from Lahore, according to Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority. According to the authority, the plane was expected to land in a minute but lost contact with the plane.
According to the news, many houses have also been damaged in the crash site. Rescue work is underway, the report said. Rescue efforts are said to be hampered by narrow roads and crowds of people.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the airlines were receiving information from the plane during the journey and there were no problems. He said there could be some technical errors in the accident. He said an independent body would investigate the crash.
It is said that preparations are being made to inform about this by holding a press conference. According to rescue sources, 15-20 people have been rescued from the accident site so far.
Minister of Health and Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi after the incident, Dawn news quoted Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister, as saying.