KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger jet crashed in residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday, just before landing.
The ill-fated plane PK-8303, was travelling from Lahore to Karachi. There were over 91 passengers along with an 8-member crew on aboard.
Rescue officials and law enforcement agencies reached the crash site and started rescue operation. Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an emergency at the airport after the incident.
Rescue operation is continue and detailes of of casualties on board and on ground are yet to be aserained. Five male and three female members of the crew were n board while
Fire broke out after the plane crashed and the fire brigades reached at the scene to extinguish fire. Electricity has been cut off in the area.
Images aired on television showed the Pakistan International Airlines flight had smashed into a residential area, with clouds of thick black smoke blowing from the site.
PIA Airbus A320 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. The plane crashed on a thickly populated area and many houses were damaged which is likely to raise the figure of casualties. It hit a number houses while crashing, CAA sources said.
It is estimated that 91 passengers were aboard the flight, 85 in economy class while six were in business class.
The Pakistan Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops arrived at the crash site shortly to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.