The plane was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.
A PIA aircraft with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board crashed on Friday in a residential area of the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials said.
The Pakistani army said its quick reaction force and paramilitary troops have reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Images shown on national television showed the Pakistan International Airlines flight had smashed into a residential area.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country’s aviation authority, adding that the flight was coming from Lahore.
Update #PIA Incident:
Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts.
Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.
– DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 22, 2020
Ambulances and rescue officials arrived at the scene to help residents.
Officials of Pakistan Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrived at the crash site shortly to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.
It comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume.
It’s PIA PK303 @airbus A320 which has gone down on a residential area of model colony short of Karachi airport. The wreckage and several homes are on fire. Prayers for everyone but this is painfully sad. pic.twitter.com/ZPWjz1BZTt
– Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) May 22, 2020
A PIA A-320 crashes near Karachi airport in a residential colony. Number of casualties not confirm but believed to b around 100. ?? pic.twitter.com/ImKDR38rP6
– Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) May 22, 2020
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