Pakistan Plane Crash Near Karachi, PIA Flight Was Carrying 107 People

Pakistani Flight PK 303 Crashes Into Homes in Karachi 107 Onboard

One, Muhammad Zubair, has been describing his ordeal, recalling how he lost consciousness then woke up to smoke and screaming. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.

Flight PK8303 was approaching Jinnah International Airport at about 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT).

In the audiotapes, Gul could be heard calmly telling the air traffic controllers, "We have lost an engine...." He was attempting to land when the plane crashed.

Ownership records for the Airbus A320 showed China Eastern Airlines flew the plane from 2004 until 2014.

Investigators will try to retrieve the so-called black box recorders to help determine the cause.

Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on November 1, 2019.

The crash was the second for the Pakistani carrier in less than four years.

Friday's crash happened on the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, when many Pakistanis return home to celebrate.

The Toronto Pakistani community is mourning victims aboard a domestic airliner that crashed in a Karachi residential neighbourhood Friday.

The broadcaster Geo TV showed crowds near the scene, which appeared to be a densely populated area, and ambulances trying to make their way through.

He said that the passengers included, 31 women and nine children. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I thought it was just because of landing. "They are nearly my neighbours, I can't tell you what a disgusting thing it was". Army helicopters are hovering the scene to assess the damage and conduct rescue operations.

The minister said there are three survivors, including President of the Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood. Both were at the front of the plane.

As of about seven hours later, there were reportedly at least three survivors.

Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted he was shocked and saddened by the crash and said an immediate inquiry would be held.

Chinese Embassy in Pakistan also tweeted a message of solidarity, saying that it stood with the country in its time of sadness.

He said all those on board died, but two civil aviation officials later said that at least two people survived the crash.

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote north to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

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A resident of the colony who witnessed the crash told Ary News channel that the aircraft had fire coming from its wings which crashed into rooftops of some houses before it crash landed.



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