Passenger plane with around 100 people aboard crashes in Pakistan's Karachi

  • Passenger plane with around 100 people aboard crashes in Pakistan's Karachi

Passenger plane with around 100 people aboard crashes in Pakistan's Karachi

At least 11 bodies from the scene have been brought to Jinnah Hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Seemi Jamali. One body was taken to a private hospital.

One of them was Zafar Masud, president at Bank of Punjab, he said.

"The first priority is to rescue the people".

Rescuers said dozens of people were still trapped under the rubble.

Witnesses said the Airbus aircraft appeared to try to land two or three times.

"Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash".

The jet, which tracking website FlightRadar24.com identified as a 15-year-old Airbus A320, was flying from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi in the south just as Pakistan was resuming domestic flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pakistan Armed Forces tweeted that Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops had reached the incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. He was attempting to land when the plane crashed.

At least two passengers are confirmed to have survived the crash.

Unverified footage circulating on social media showed black plumes of smoke rising from a row of houses in Karachi. Khokhar added that the aircraft was en route to Karachi from Lahore.

Local television reports showed smoke coming from the direction of the airport.

Ambulances and fire brigade vehicles gather at the site of the passenger plane crash
Ambulances and fire brigade vehicles gather at the site of the passenger plane crash

Speaking to the media, PIA CEO Arshad Malik stated that the last message received from the pilots was that there was a technical problem.

He said that the passengers included, 31 women and nine children.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said there were 91 passengers and seven crew on board the flight, which lost contact with air traffic control just after 2.30pm (0930 GMT).

It was not immediately known how many people were injured on the ground.

"The plane started to shake close to landing".

The plane fell on a residential area damaging several houses, and vehicles. Moments later, the communication between the pilot and the controllers snapped and the plane eventually crashed into the residential area.

"Sir, mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303", the pilot then declared.

About 30 seconds later, the pilot again radioed a distress call: "Mayday".

The PIA aircraft was flown by Captain Sajjad Gul. Local media citing eyewitnesses say the plane seemed to be on fire as it neared the airport, as NPR's Diaa Hadid reported from Pakistan.

Pakistani investigators inspect the wreckage of the crashed PIA passenger plane Flight PK661 at the crash site in the village of Saddha Batolni in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on December 8, 2016. A total of 85 passengers and 12 crew members were on board.