PIA plane crash kills 97, two survivors

PIA plane crash kills 97, two survivors

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Karachi: According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health of Sindh, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi on Friday, killing nearly 100 people on board, at least 97 people were killed and dozens were injured.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was about to land when it fell between houses, causing an explosion and killing several people on the ground.

The national carrier s  flight PK-8303 took off from Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport and crashed in Model Colony area in Malir, approximately 4 kilometers away from the airport.

The plane stopped in a poor and crowded residential area at about 2:39 pm, known as a model colony, a narrow alley between houses destroyed by wings. Police officers wearing gas masks tried to evacuate the crowd in smoke and dust so that ambulances and firetrucks could reach the crash site.

As darkness fell, crews worked under floodlights to recover bodies and a portable morgue was set up. Two passengers miraculously survived, said Meeran Yousaf, Sindh provincial Health Department spokeswoman.

Images aired on television showed the Pakistan International Airlines flight had smashed into a residential area, with clouds of thick black smoke billowing from the site.

The bodies of 97 passengers and crew had been recovered, the Sindh Health Ministry said, adding that 19 had been identified. 

Army, Rangers and Police units arrived at the scene and emergency was declared at Jinnah Hospital.

According to the PIA officials, passengers included 51 male, 31 female and nine children. Chairman Punjab Bank Zafar Masood, senior journalist Ansar Naqvi and model Zara Abid were also travelling in the same flight.

A resident told Gulf News that the aircraft came dangerously before crashing. “It hit a house first and then crashed. We do not yet how many people have been killed on ground,” said Shoaib Chaudhry. He said that area has been cordoned off for the resuce operation.

Chaudhry further said that the crash site is densley populated with mostly two to three storey houses. “Thick black smoke is billowing from the spot and some area is also on fire. Some houses have also damaged,” he added.

The pilot of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 8303 is heard saying he has lost both engines and then “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,” the international distress message in the final moments of the conversation with the air-traffic controllers

A PIA official said that in the last conversation with the control tower, the pilot talked about technical problem including the loss of both the engines.

A recording of conversation between the airport control tower and the pilot just before the crash confirmed engine failure. “I have lost one engine, May Day, May Day,” said the pilot. The control tower informed the pilot that both the runways were available for landing.” Then the tower lost the contact.

The rescuers have recovered the black box of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 8303 which crashed into a residential area of Karachi, with many feared dead.

According to sources, the plane s black box, which contains cockpit audio recordings and technical flight data, has been recovered by investigators.

Sources said that the black box has been handed over Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The family said that a passenger who miraculously survived the plane crash killed almost everyone on the ship and escaped with a fracture and a scratch.

On Friday afternoon, after a plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed in the suburbs of Karachi, in a chaotic and frustrating scene, about six witnesses brought the chief executive of Punjab Bank to Safe location.

There are as many as 107 passengers and crew on the Airbus A321, and so far, only two confirmed survivors.

After the plane crashed into a house in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport, Masood escaped with relatively minor injuries.

Hopes of survivors were raised as a woman tweeted saying a relative had made it out alive. Zainab Imam, a communications manager with the Washington-based International Center for Journalists, wrote on Twitter: “A close relative was on the flight from Lahore that crashed. There are survivors – he is one.

“Thank you for everyone’s good wishes. We hope that our good news gives others hope. We’re praying that there are other survivors who got as lucky as he did.”

A baby was rescued from the area affected by the plane crash in Pakistan. In the rubble caused by the crash, a baby from a family in a model colony community was buried under the rubble.

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