Pakistan plane crash: Lahore-Karachi plane with 99 onboard crashes in residential district near Karachi airport
A Pakistan International Airlines flight, going from Lahore to Karachi, has crashed moments before the landing The aircraft was carrying around 100 passengers. The PIA plane crashed over a residential colony near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The extent of injury or loss of life remains unknown.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar has confirmed the crash. The PIA flight PK 8303 was carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members.
As per the local media reports, the aircraft had lost both its engines. Eyewitnesses said the engines were ablaze . The aircraft's tail hit a four-storey building in Jinnah Garden area of Model Colony that borders the airport runways. The visuals on the local media show an enormous plume of smoke beginning from some houses in Karachi's Model colony.
Loss of lives and survivors
While the authorities haven't issued an inventory or number of casualties or injured within the incident, there are a couple of reports of survivors beginning in social media. Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood, who was a Premium Economy passenger, on the flight has survived. he's in hospital and spoke to his mother over the phone.
Another passenger 20-year-old Ammar Rashid, who was on the plane, has survived and is being treted for his injuries at a close-by hospital, his family has said on social media,
A media channel in Pakistan has confirmed that one among its senior staff members Ansar Naqvi has lost his life within the crash.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: "Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. . . Immediate inquiry are going to be instituted. Prayers & condolences attend families of the deceased."Pakistan's Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared an emergency altogether major hospitals of Karachi thanks to the plane crash, local media has reported.
Pakistan had resumed commercial passenger aviation on May 16 after a protracted nationwide lockdown thanks to Covid-19 outbreak.
Ambulances, fire tenders and relief teams have reached the location of the crash, however, an outsized crowd gathered at the crash site is causing difficulties for the rescue workers. Pakistan's soldiers have also put out a press release saying that their teams are on the spot. "Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached the incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. Details to follow," DG ISPR, Pakistan Army's spokesperson tweeted.
"Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on-site for rescue efforts," it also said.A senior Pakistani bureaucrat has said PM Imran Khan has directed all emergency services to mobilised to manage the tragedy. "Our heart goes bent all families of onboard passengers of the ill-fated PIA plane that just crashed on the brink of Karachi Airport. On PM’s directions, all emergency services and resources mobilised, evacuation ongoing ," Asim Saleem Bajwa said.
Site of the accident
The PIA flight PK 8303 crashed over Model Colony within the Jinnah Garden area, which is at the stone-throw faraway from the Karachi airport.
The majority of residents of the colony are the people, who migrated from India in 1947 during partition. As per the local journalists, India Today TV spoke to, most of those people or their ancestors had come from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. it's a well inhabited and developed colony, they said.
Possible explanation for crash
The PIA flight PK 8303 had began from Lahore at 1 pm and was alleged to land at Karachi airport at 2:45 when the crash happened .
PIA CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik says that the pilot of PK8303 had told ATC that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties” - both runways were available for landing but the pilot did a go-aroun. He said that a search are going to be conducted to seek out out what exactly happened.
Witnesses told Associated Press that the Airbus A320 seemed to plan to land two or 3 times before crashing during a residential district near Jinnah International Airport.
A senior civil aviation official told Reuters it appeared the plane was unable to open its wheels thanks to a technical fault before landing, but it had been to early to work out the cause.
As per the info released by FlightRadar, a flight monitoring site, PIA flight PK 8303 took faraway from Lahore 1:05 PM (Pak timing). At 2:34 PM, the aircraft made a landing attempt that was aborted at 275 feet and therefore the aircraft climbed up to 3175 feet. Signal was lost at 02:40 at 525 feet.
We have lost engines: Pilot's last words to ATC
According to an audio clipping of conversation between the ill-fated PK 8303's pilot and traffic room , the pilot's last words were that they need lost engines.
Was crashed aircraft faulty?
The aircraft involved within the crash was a 15-year-old Airbus A320 with registration AP-BLD.
Airworthiness documents, accessed by Associated Press, showed the plane last received a government check on All Saints' Day , 2019. PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted on the plane which "the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety" standards.
Ownership records for the Airbus A320 involved within the crash showed China Eastern Airlines flew the plane from 2004 until 2014. The plane then entered PIA’s fleet, leased from GE Capital Aviation Services.
Airbus didn't immediately answer an invitation for discuss the crash, made by the AP.
Past crashes of PIA
Pakistan features a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.
In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one among its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern to Islamabad, killing quite 40 people.
PIA, one among the world's leading airlines until the 1970s, now suffers from a sinking reputation thanks to frequent cancellations, delays and financial troubles. it's been involved in numerous controversies over the years, including the jailing of a drunk pilot in Britain in 2013.
The crash comes as Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the top of Ramadan and therefore the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.