A Pakistan International Airlines flight with around 100 onboard has crashed as the aircraft had lost both its engines. The PIA flight PK 8303 crashed over a residential colony near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar has confirmed the crash but damage or loss of life still unknown. Emergency has been declared in all major hospitals in Karachi as 25 residents of the area, injured in the crash, have been reportedly taken to hospitals.
The A320 Airbus was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi on PK 8303. According to local Witnesses, the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near the airport.
As per Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,”
Pak Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers assisted in relief and rescue efforts in crash site, which have been caught up due to the presence of a large crowd and narrow lanes.