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Pakistan's PIA aircraft with 107 people on board crashes in residential area in 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 ...

22/5/2020 2:43:00 PM

UPDATE: Many feared dead after Pakistan International Airlines flight PK8303 with about 100 people on board crashes in residential area of Karachi (📸: AFP)

A PIA aircraft with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board crashed on Friday in a residential area of the southern Pakistan i city of ...

BookmarkKARACHI, Pakistan: A Pakistan International Airlines aircraft with 107 people on board crashed on Friday (May 22) in a residential area of the southern city of Karachi, with many feared dead, officials said.The state carrier said flight PK 8303 had crashed with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board, though civil aviation officials said the total for both may be 99.

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AdvertisementAdvertisement"The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem," PIA spokesman Abdullah H Khan said in a video statement."It is a very tragic incident.Rescue workers move a body from the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Asif Hassan)

A senior civil aviation official told Reuters it appeared the plane was unable to open its wheels due to a technical fault prior to landing, but it was to early to determine the cause."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.

AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said that the aircraft was an Airbus A320 and was coming from Lahore and en route to Karachi.The Pakistan military later tweeted that security forces had been deployed to the area and helicopters were being used to survey the damage and help ongoing rescue operations.

Local TV station Geo showed crowds near the scene which appeared to be a densely populated area and ambulances trying to make their way through.Black smoke billowed and several cars were on fire.Policemen spray water on the part of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Asif Hassan)

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

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.PIA, one of the world's leading airlines until the 1970s, now suffers from a sinking reputation due to frequent cancellations, delays and financial troubles. It has been involved in numerous controversies over the years, including the jailing of a drunk pilot in Britain in 2013.

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The crash comes as Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.This story is developing. Please refresh for more updates.

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