A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed near Karachi’s Model Colony area. The flight PK-8303 was enroute from Lahore to Karachi.
As per details, the plane, A320 Airbus, was carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members and was scheduled to land at Jinnah International Airport when it developed some technical fault.
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Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts.
Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.
A conversation which was aired on media channels transpired the flight captain told the control tower that “We have lost engines” and he is going for belly landing. Soon after the said conversation, the control tower lost contact with the pilot.
Breaking News: A passenger plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashes near Karachi airport. The flight, A-320, was carrying 90 passengers and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.#planecrash pic.twitter.com/biq7D23c9p
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There are reports that at least five homes and some vehicles have been destroyed during the crash incident. Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an emergency at the airport after the incident.
DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said that Army’s Quick Response Force and Rangers personnel have reached the crash site. He added the civil administration, Rangers and Pakistan Army are busy in relief and rescue operation.
Four fire tenders of Pakistan Bahria are also on the site to extinguish the blaze.