Pakistan International Airlines flight, going from Lahore to Karachi, had crashed moments before the landing. The aircraft was carrying 91 passengers and seven crew members.
Overview of the crash
The flight crashed over a residential colony near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The extent of damage or loss of life is still unknown. The loss of life in the residential society is also probable.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar has confirmed the crash. No information has made available of the survivors as yet. “Saying anything right now would be premature. Our crew, trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information transparently,” PIA spokesperson said.
The visuals on the local media show a massive plume of smoke coming out from some houses in Karachi’s Model colony.
A media channel in Pakistan has confirmed that one of its senior staff members has lost his life in the crash.
What does the government have to say about this?
Pakistan’s Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash, local media has reported.
‘Pakistan had resumed commercial air travel on May 16 after a prolonged nationwide lockdown due to virus outbreak.
Ambulances and relief teams have reached the site of the crash. Pakistan’s armed forces have also put out a statement saying that their teams are on the spot. “Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached the incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. Details to follow,” DG ISPR, Pakistan Army’s spokesperson tweeted’.
“Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search & Rescue Teams sent on-site for rescue efforts,” it also said
the PIA flight PK-303 has crashed in model colony Karachi. The total Death Count is still not made available by the research team. The investigation is still ongoing.