Pakistan Airlines flight crashes in Karachi

PIA plane crashes in near Karachi airport

Images aired on national TV showed the Pakistan International Airlines flight, an Airbus A320, had slammed into a residential area.

A Pakistani airliner with more than 100 people aboard crashed in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, according to reports.

Pakistan's Aviation Ministry said the flight was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members.

The flight which was on its way from Lahore to Karachi, was approaching for a landing when it crashed near the airport.

The plane crashed in the populated Model Colony area located on the outskirts of the city, approximately two kilometers from Jinnah International Airport.

According to details, PIA brought back more than 11,000 stranded Pakistanis through 69 special flights between April 1 to May 12, while 32,600 passengers were repatriated through 108 outbound flights.

The number of casualties is not yet known.

Video footage shows black smoke rising from the site of the crash.

Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed. The Urban Search and Rescue Teams are also being sent on-site for rescue efforts.

Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has ordered the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board to conduct an "immediate inquiry" into the crash.

In 2019, a PIA aircraft escaped accident after it skidded off the runway while landing at Gilgit airport, said Dawn.



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