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A PIA plane crashed in Karachi’s Model Colony Friday afternoon. It was traveling from Lahore to Karachi.
There were a total of 107 people on board, 99 passengers and eight crew members. Two of the passengers survived the incident. One of them was Bank of Punjab President Zafar Mehmood.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah inquired after Mehmood at a private hospital, where he was taken soon after the crash. The Bank of Punjab president was said to be in a stable condition.
A fire had broken out with the crash. Tankers were sent by the water board and ambulances arrived at the spot soon afterwards.
Nineteen bodies were brought to the Jinnah Hospital. According to Dr Seemin Jamali, the executive director and head of Emergency Services, six injured residents of the colony were brought in. Fifteen bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital.
Below are the helpline numbers for any information relating to the crash:
PIA Emergency Response Unit Helpline
How did the plane crash?
The A-320 aircraft was about to land at the Karachi airport. At 2:34pm the plane was at a height of 275ft when it decided to land. But then it went up again. At 2:40pm, when the height was 525ft, the connection with the plane was lost.
The PIA CEO said the pilot’s last message was that there was a technical fault. He was told that the two runways were ready. He wanted to turn around. CEO Arshad Malik was on the way to Karachi and will visit the crash site.
Aviation expert Zafar Iqbal said: It’s suspected that there was structural damage to the plane. It might have been a bird or something else.
The plane hit six houses, causing their roofs to collapse. According to the Aviation Division, the pilot had given an emergency signal to the airport.
An emergency was declared at the airport as charred bodies were being retrieved from the aircraft, according to SAMAA TV reporter Khursheed Alam, who was present on the spot.
The police and Rangers were trying to move people away so they could rescue people. Army Quick Reaction Force had also reached the crash site.
Update #PIA Incident:— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 22, 2020
Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Details to follow.
PIA officials to address the media at 8:15pm
PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez only confirmed that the plane had crashed. He said they will hold a press conference soon to share details.
PIA CEO Arshad Malik along with other officials will address the media at 8:15pm, the airlines said in a statement later.
The Karachi commissioner was instructed to start relief activities in the area, according to Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab. He requested residents of the area to let the officials do their job.
A senior journalist was believed to have been among the passengers. PTI leader Amir Liaquat reached the site for help.
Adjoining houses were vacated, streets cordoned off and nobody was allowed to enter.
A close relative was on the flight from Lahore that crashed. There are survivors — he is one.— Zainab Imam (@zainabimam) May 22, 2020
PM Imran Khan expresses grief
Expressing grief over the incident, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was in touch with the PIA CEO and rescue teams on the ground.
“Immediate inquiry will be instituted,” he said, extending condolences to families of the deceased.
Flight operations restored at Karachi airport
Flight operations at Karachi airport have been restored. Rescue people say it will take 24 to 48 hours to complete the operation.
Canadian PM Trudeau expresses sorrow over ‘devastating’ PIA plane crash
“The news from Pakistan this morning is devastating,” Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.
“To the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the crash of PK 8303, and to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, our hearts go out to you.”
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