KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, on its means from Lahore to Karachi, crashed within the neighborhood of Jinnah International Airport on Friday, in response to Civil Aviation Authority sources.
PIA sources knowledgeable that 98 individuals had been aboard the airplane, together with 91 passengers and 7 flight crew.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, PIA flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed within the Jinnah Garden space near Model Colony in Malir.
The airplane reportedly developed an issue with its touchdown gear, which led to the unlucky accident. CAA sources mentioned that its communication was minimize off with the airplane a minute earlier than it was presupposed to land.
The captain of the airplane made a Mayday name simply earlier than the crash, and in response to the audio performed on Geo News, the pilot might be clearly heard saying that the ‘airplane misplaced its engines’.
Troops kind the Pakistan Army’s Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrived on the crash website shortly after to help the civil administration in aid and rescue efforts.
Rescue officers are reportedly dealing with dificulty in rescue operations as the streets are slim and an enormous crowd has gathered near the positioning of the incident.
Several homes had been broken within the space the place the airplane crashed.
Black smoke may very well be seen from afar on the crash website.
‘Too early to level out explanation for crash’
PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez mentioned that mentioned that the airline was receiving info in actual time. He mentioned that Air Marshal Arshad Malik was reaching Karachi in two hours to evaluate the state of affairs.
He mentioned that it was untimely to level out any technical fault within the airplane and an impartial establishment will perform an investigation to establish the reason for the crash.
Hafeez mentioned that the PIA would maintain an in depth press convention to share the main points of the crash quickly.
Rescue sources mentioned that 15-20 individuals have been recovered from the crash website. The physique of a 5-year-old was additionally discovered from the positioning. “Due to the rush, we are encountering difficulties in carrying out relief operations,” mentioned SSP Malir. “People should avoid gathering at the accident site,” he added.
Senior journalist amongst these on board the ill-fated airplane
Senior journalist Ansar Naqvi, who used to work for The News and was presently working for Channel 24 as its Director Programming, additionally died within the crash.
The PIA has launched a passenger record, in response to which 51 males, 31 ladies and 9 kids had been aboard the PK-8303 flight.
Fateh Ilahi, Raheem Zain, Kashif Shabbir ahmad, Rizwan Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad are names of among the passengers. Yasmin Iqbani, Farwa Ali, Armghan Ali, Fauzia Arjumand, Mohammad S Aslam, Mohammad Ataullah and Rai Ataullah had been additionally on board the airplane.
COAS presents condolence over lack of lives
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa condoled over the lack of lives within the airplane crash.
The military chief directed the availability of full help to the civil administration in rescue and aid efforts.