Pakistan International Airlines passenger flight crashes in Karachi

23 Mai, 2020, 02:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Pakistani passenger jet crashes near Karachi airport

A Pakistani passenger jet carrying around 100 people aboard crashed in a residential section of Karachi - the country's most populated city - leading local officials to prepare for the worst.

The plane crashed at the Jinnah Ground area near the Jinnah International Airport, according to reports.

Sarfraz Ahmed, a firefighter at the crash site, said several bodies still had their seatbelts fastened while others were wearing oxygen masks, according to another rescue official at the scene.

At least two prominent Pakistani's were on board the ill-fated flight including Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood and Director of Programming at 24 News Ansar Naqvi.

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.

Footage shared online shows large plumes of smoke in the air near the crash site and emergency services rushing to the site.

There were reports of injuries among people in the neighborhood.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote in a tweet he was "shocked and saddened" by the crash.

Fire brigade staff try to put out fire caused by plane crash in Karachi.

The aircraft, PIA Airbus A320, was on its way from Lahore to Karachi when it crashed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport on Friday (May 22). "We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members", said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the aviation authority. "Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured".

The flight was coming from Lahore to Karachi after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed limited resumption of domestic flights last Saturday following weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pakistan International's chairman resigned in late 2016, less than a week after the crash of an ATR 42 turboprop killed 47 people.

Video circulated on social media appeared to show the aircraft flying low over a residential area with flames shooting from one of its engines.

The roofs of some buildings were caved in and debris lay scattered in streets as ambulances rushed through chaotic crowds of people.

A total of 80 bodies were brought to JPMC hospital and the Civil Hospital Karachi, the media co-ordinator for the health minister of Sindh said in a communique.

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