PIA Plane With Around 100 Passengers Crashes In Karachi’s Residential Neighborhood

The list of tragedies that have befallen upon us in 2020 continues to grow as reports emerge that a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane (Flight PK8303) has crashed in the Model Colony residential area around 3.2 km away from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

According to BBC, the Airbus A320 had 91 passengers and 8 crew members on board. It took off from Lahore at 1.05 pm local time and crashed at 2.34 pm.

India Today quoted DG ISPR, Pakistan Army’s spokesperson saying, “Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on-site for rescue efforts.”

PIA CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik has confirmed that the pilot complained of “technical difficulties” and a probe would be undertaken to ascertain what went wrong. CNN quoted airline spokesperson Abdullah Khan saying,

“The pilot in his Mayday call had said that he was experiencing technical problems. He had been told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred to use the go-around landing route, we are looking into the technical issue. Our prayers for the lives that have been lost.”

The exact number of casualties has not been ascertained yet. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were on the flight as well as the residents of the crash site.

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