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Airbus A320, PK 8303 Crashed into residential area near JIA in Karachi with 2 survivors

An Airbus A320 PIA operated Crashed into residential area near Jinnah International Air Port carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members en-route Lahore to Karachi.” after maiden call to control tower. Reports suggest residential quarters, houses were also damaged.

Graphic Footage of plane crash in Karachi

The plane close to Karachi airport crashed during the last minute of the journey as the Flight PK 8303 was about to land at Jinnah International Airport. Witnesses said they saw the plane circling around the airport before coming down.

Another witness said the plane appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing near the airport.

“I was in mosque when I saw the plane,” one witness told local media. “Its wheels were open and the tail was on fire. The engine was sounding then it struck three houses and crashed. There was a huge blast a few seconds after the crash.”

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez told to local media: “Flight PK 8303 was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members en-route Lahore to Karachi.” has crashed after maiden call to control tower.

The civil aviation agency has said. At least 80 people confirm dead with 2 survivors, 48 bodies shifted to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, 32 bodies shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi, 17 bodies identified so far. Out of 17 thirteen bodies identified in JPMC namely

Muhammad Tahir so Abul Mubin

Fareeha Rasool do Ghullam Rasool

Faryal begum wo Asad ullah

Syeda Saima Imran wo Syed Imran Hosein

Flight Captain Sajjad

Farhan so Abdul Qadeer

Dilshad Ahmed so Muqeem Ahmed

Muhammad Ahmed so Syed jamal Ahmed

Nida Waqas do Irfan ullah

Ammar Rashid so Rashid Mehmood

Shahnaz Perveen wo Amanullah Khan

Shoiab Raza so Muhammad Sharif Raza

Sharif Chaudary

According tho the Government officials and Director JPMC Seemi Jamali told reporters that at least two people had survived, likely people sitting in the front row of the plane.

One of the survivors was Zafar Masood, the head of the Bank of Punjab. The bank said he had suffered fractures but was “conscious and responding well.”

Rescue operation

Pakistan’s military tweeted that army helicopters had been deployed to assess the damage and to take part in the rescue effort.

DG ISPR

✔@OfficialDGISPR

Update #PIA Incident:
To speed up relief & rescue efforts, Army Urban Search & Rescue Team with special equipment & rescue specialists flown from Rwp. 10 fire tenders at site have extinguished fire. Military ambulances busy in rescuing injured & providing necessary medical care.

Police officials said that “many bodies are under debris and it will take time to clear the area.” Local health authorities told local media that hospitals in Karachi had been put on standby to deal with the patients.

Graphic footage from crash site

Social media posts by journalists showed footage showing plumes of smoke and flames rising from the site of the crash.

Another tweet appeared to show parts of the plane’s fuselage lying in the middle of a street.

Plane crash Witness video upload on twitter  

Witnesses said the plane appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing near the airport.

“I was in mosque when I saw the plane,” one witness told local media. “Its wheels were open and the tail was on fire. The engine was sounding then it struck three houses and crashed. There was a huge blast a few seconds after the crash.”

Khan tweets condolences

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash. He added that he was in touch with PIA’s CEO and with rescue and relief teams on the ground.

“Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” Khan added.

Imran Khan

✔@ImranKhanPTI

Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.

Pakistan has a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.

In 2016, a PIA jet burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, with many traveling back to their homes in cities and villages.

 

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