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Pakistan International Airlines Plane Crashes In Karachi,Minute Before Landing, 99 On Board|Updates
News agency PTI quoted sources in Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority as saying that communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing.
Pakistan International Airlines Plane Crashes In Karachi, Minute Before Landing, 99 On Board|Updates
New Delhi: A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore has crashed near the Karachi airport, last minute before it was to land. Reports in Pakistan Media and the flight which has about 99 passengers on board, was an Airbus A320. There are no reports on any casualties yet.
The plane went down in a densely populated residential area just short of the Karachi airport. Pakistan media reports the Pak Army quick reaction force and Pakistan Rangers are at the crash site to assist in relief and rescue efforts.
The wreckage and several houses in the area are on fire, visuals by Pakistan media showed. Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the sky as ambulances tried to make their way through.
"The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members," news agency AFP quoted Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country's aviation authority, as saying.
25 residents of the area, injured in the crash, have been reportedly taken to hospitals. An emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of Karachi.
Sources in Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority as saying that communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing quoted news agency PTI.
Pakistan media reported that Pak Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers are at the crash site to assist in relief and rescue efforts, which have been hindered due to the presence of a large crowd and narrow lanes.
The crash came a day after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded due to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.
Also in 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying