Karanchi: a tragic accident Pakistan Internation airlines plane crashes in a residential area near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday less than a minute before landing.
It is estimated that 97 people were aboard the plane, including 85 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, PIA flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir.
According to the sources the plane touches roof of several houses before crash.
CAA sources said that its communication was cut off with the plane a minute before it was supposed to land.
Troops form the Pakistan Army’s Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrived at thecrash site shortly after to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.
Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed.
Ambulances were faced with difficulty as the streets were quite narrow and the huge presence of people made it difficult for relief operations to continue.
PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said that said that the airline was receiving information in real time. He said that Air Marshal Arshad Malik was reaching Karachi in two hours to assess the situation.