Pakistan Lahore-Karachi plane crashes, photos and videos show smoke, chaos near Karachi airport

Pakistan Lahore-Karachi plane crashes, photos and videos show smoke, chaos near Karachi airport

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 crashed during a residential district in Karachi on Friday afternoon. Preliminary reports suggest that there have been as many as 99 people onboard the flight that took faraway from Lahore and was headed to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

Videos from the crash site in Karachi show a thick cloud of black smoke rising within the midst of a residential district as people rush to their roofs to require a glance at the debris. it's still unclear what led to the crash.

A spokesperson for the PIA, Abdul Sattar has confirmed the crash. Another video shows many residents of the residential district where the aircraft crashed leaving their homes and flocking to the road . a politician told media outlets that a military Quick Reaction Force and therefore the Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops have reached the crash site and relief and rescue efforts are underway.

Major General Babar Iftikhar, spokesperson of the Pakistan soldiers took to Twitter to state that Army aviation helicopters are dispatched over the world to assess the damage. additionally , urban search and rescue teams also are being sent bent the crash site.