PIA aircraft crash survivor says flight was ‘clean’ till it crashed

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KARACHI: Muhammad Zubair, who’s among the many two reported survivors from Friday’s aircraft crash, mentioned he heard “screams” of individuals as quickly because the aircraft exploded into flames.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 crashed, earlier as we speak, near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport a number of moments earlier than touchdown.

According to the Sindh Health Department, 80 individuals have died on account of the unlucky incident. Meanwhile, in keeping with a listing launched by the airline, 51 males, 31 ladies and 9 kids had been aboard the plane.

Sharing his account in Geo News programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, Zubair mentioned: “I am feeling well so far, but my hands and feet have burned a bit.”

“I was coming to Karachi for Eid holidays and the flight left the airport at 1[pm] from Lahore, it was flying fine then. When the pilot announced that we are landing in Karachi and he took the plane a bit down two or three shocks were felt,” Zubair mentioned.

The survivor mentioned that the pilot flew it up after which the individuals began “praying” and for 10-15 minutes the aircraft was flying within the air.

“After analysing the situation and viewing a place where there was not much rush he announced that he[pilot] was landing the plane but unfortunately it crashed,” he mentioned.

“The next moment there was a hard crash and I lost consciousness,” mentioned Zubair, including that when he got here awakened there was ‘smoke everywhere’.

“I might hear screams from all instructions. Kids and adults. All I might see was hearth. I couldn’t see any individuals – simply hear their screams.

“I opened my seat belt and saw some light – I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10 feet to get to safety. I was then taken to Jinnah hospital and now I am in Civil hospital.”

When requested that did the pilot announce something after the shocks had been felt and what was the period in between the 2 touchdown makes an attempt, he mentioned: “The time duration was in between 10-15 minutes and the plane crashed nearly 2-3 minutes after he announced that the plane was about to land.”

“No one [passengers] was aware that the plane about to crash, they were flying the plane in a smooth manner,” he mentioned.

Zubair mentioned that there was no disturbance on the flight and that it was clean till the crash.