Karachi: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in a residential area while landing at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
The source said that flight PK-8303 took off from the Allah Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and crashed in the model colony area of Mariel, about 4 kilometers from the airport.
Images broadcast on TV showed that Pakistan International Airlines flights had smashed into a residential area, and thick black smoke was emitted from the scene.
According to witnesses, four houses were destroyed during the incident. Five bodies were also found.
The army, rangers and police forces have arrived at the scene. Jinnah Hospital has declared an emergency.
A PIA spokesperson confirmed the plane crash. He said that information is currently being collected. The aircraft has 99 passengers and 6 crew members and 2 captains.
This is an Airbus 320, which can accommodate about 180 passengers, but in order to ensure social alienation measures, the number of passengers is kept at a capacity limit of 50%.
The crash occurred a few days after the country grounded the aircraft during the corona virus blockade, and the country began allowing commercial flights to resume operations.
Pakistan ’s aviation safety records are inconsistent, and aircraft and helicopters have frequently crashed over the years.
In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane flew from its remote north to Islamabad, and one of the two turboprop engines suddenly caught fire and killed more than 40 people.
At the time of the crash, Pakistanis across the country were preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid. Many people returned to their homes in cities and villages.