A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft with 107 individuals on board has crashed in a residential space of Karachi.
The Airbus A320 was touring from Lahore when it crashed in Pakistan’s largest metropolis.
Images posted to social media present smoke billowing out from a constructing within the wake of the crash close to Jinnah International Airport on Friday.
PIA stated there have been 99 passengers on board the plane and eight crew members.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” Abdul Sattar Khokhar, a spokesperson for the nation’s aviation authority, instructed AFP.
PIA spokesperson, Abdullah Hafeez, added in an announcement: “Saying anything right now would be premature. Our crew is trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information in a transparent manner.”
The mayor of Karachi, Wasim Akhtar, stated he doesn’t consider there are any survivors from the crash.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now.
“Immediate inquiry shall be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to households of the deceased.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi added: “Deeply grieved over devastating aircraft crash in [residential] space flying to Khi & minutes away from touchdown with many making manner residence for Eid. Terrible tragedy, my prayers with all households.
“We are in midst of grave challenges as a nation & in these times of trial we must show resolve & unit.”
The Pakistan Armed Forces tweeted that Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops had reached the incident website for reduction and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters have additionally flown for injury evaluation and rescue efforts, with Urban Search & Rescue Teams being despatched to the positioning.
Witnesses stated the aircraft appeared to try to land two or 3 times earlier than it crashed.
The crash occurred simply days after Pakistan allowed business flights to renew after planes had been grounded amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan can be at present making ready to rejoice the top of Ramadan and the start of Muslim vacation Eid al-Fitr, with many individuals returning to their residence cities.
This is a growing story and shall be up to date as extra info turns into accessible.