Pakistan airways flight crashes in residential area in Karachi; several houses damaged

Saturday, 23 May, 2020

Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar said that all 107 passengers and crew were killed in the crash.

At least three people on the ground were injured.

The outlet said Masud had been taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The crash site was made harder to reach by the shear devastation left in the wake of the crash, with electricity wires knocked down and fires raging throughout the neighbourhood.

"The first priority is to rescue the people".

Faisal Edhi, who heads the charitable Edhi Foundation that was assisting rescuers said 42 bodies had been recovered from the area. Visuals showed plumes of smoke emanating, believed to be from the crash site.

The crash happened just as Pakistan was resuming domestic flights weeks after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed.

He said that the passengers included, 31 women and nine children. - Reuters A man checks a part of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22. Media reports showed that up to 10 houses and some vehicles were damaged. News of survivors is a ray of hope and I pray that there are many miraculous stories of survival tonight.

The plane was on its second attempt to land after cancelling a previous one in a routine manoeuvre known as a go-around, one person familiar with the investigation said.

PIA Chairman Arshad Malik said that the pilot told the control tower about having a technical problem.

"Sir - mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303", the pilot said before the transmission ended. The controller freed up both the airport's runways but moments later the man called "Mayday!"

"I can not confirm the cause of crash, CAA's investigation board will probe the incident and its report will be released on Saturday or a day after, after which I will be able to share the details", he said. PIA's chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted on the plane and that "the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety" standards. The plane had 99 passengers and eight crew members on board at the time.

The crash took place in the city's Model Colony area, reports Dawn news. Did you witness the crash? The crash claimed the lives of all 48 passengers and crew, including singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed.

Huge plumes of dust, smoke and heat from the crash on an already hot afternoon, along with narrow neighborhood streets, made rescue efforts hard. Ambulances were on their way to the scene. The aircraft crashed in the densely-populated Model Colony area near Jinnah global airport in Karachi. The Urban Search and Rescue Teams are also being sent on-site for rescue efforts.

Sindh province Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho told reporters that 11 bodies and six injured people had arrived at Jinnah hospital in Karachi. The province has almost 20,000 of the country's more than 50,000 cases.