Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) A320 Airbus en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential area near Jinnah Internatio...

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) A320 Airbus en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

According to initial reports, the incident took place in Jinnah Garden area of ​​Model Colony, where the plane crashed into residential houses in which several people were confirmed dead.

Smoke was seen rising after the incident. Photo: Imtiaz Maghrebi

PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the incident and said that PIA Flight 8303 was coming from Lahore to Karachi with 90 passengers and 8 crew members.

Ansar Naqvi, director of programming for private TV channel 24 News, was also present on the plane, besides Zafar Masood, president of Bank of Punjab.

Another video showed Edhi workers and firefighters removing the wreckage and searching for survivors.

Eyewitnesses said the Airbus 320 apparently tried to land two or three times before crashing.

According to a report by the British news agency 'Reuters', eyewitness Sheikal Ahmed said that a mobile tower a few kilometers away from the airport collided and houses collapsed.

The pilot's 'May Day' call before the crash
On the other hand, according to the report of the American news agency 'AP', the passenger plane crashed a few minutes before the expected landing. Failed to land and was circling for another attempt

A pilot can be heard. Sir, we are moving straight ahead. Our engine has crashed.

The air traffic controller asked to try and informed that the runway was empty.

Before the disconnection, the pilot called Mayday and said, "Sir, May Day, May Day, May Day, May Day Pakistan."
Several people were killed in the accident

After the accident, Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechoho visited Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) and said it was too early to say how many people were injured in the accident.

He said that 11 bodies and 6 injured people were brought to Jinnah Hospital out of which 4 were in good condition and 2 were in critical condition and they were burnt.

The provincial health minister said that the authorities were continuing to identify the deceased so that their families could be informed.

He also said that all the doctors were already alerted due to COVID-19 and started DNA testing to identify the bodies.

Rescue Service Edhi spokesman Saad Edhi said 35 bodies were taken to various hospitals.

About 25 to 30 people, residents of the area, were injured and taken to hospital, he said. At the same time, however, he clarified that some concrete information about the dead and injured could not be given yet.

Earlier, a PIA spokesman said the plane had lost contact at 2:37 a.m. It was too early to say what caused the crash. "Our crew is trained for emergency landings," he said.

The spokesperson said that my prayers are with all the affected families, we provide information in a transparent manner
Will continue to provide.

'Technical problem'

PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik said in a video message as he was leaving for Karachi immediately after the incident that the pilot told the control room that there was a technical problem in the plane and that it had run 2 runways for landing. Despite being ready, he decided to return instead of landing.

On all these issues, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said that the plane crashed in the population and we are concerned about the casualties in the area as a result of the accident.

"Rangers and rescue services have been sent to the affected area. We are trying to save as many people as possible," he said.

Rescue operations

Immediately after the incident, law enforcement agencies, rescue officials and locals rushed to the spot.

The PIA also issued numbers of emergency response units in this regard so that if any person wants to know the details of the incident or the passengers, he can contact these numbers.

The numbers provided by the airline are 02199242284, 02199043766, 02199043833.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army Public Relations Department (ISPR) said in a statement that the Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh had reached the spot for relief operations and we're assisting them with the civil administration.

According to ISPR, the Army Urban Search and Rescue Team has left Rawalpindi for Karachi with special equipment and rescue experts to expedite the rescue efforts.

The tweet added that 10 fire tenders at the scene had contained the blaze, while military ambulances were busy rescuing the injured and providing medical assistance.

Security personnel appear to be engaged in relief work.

The statement said that urban search and rescue teams were dispatched to the site for rescue operations.

He was informed by the Pakistan Air Force that PAF firefighters along with other agencies were engaged in rescue operations at the crash site.

PAF helicopters are also conducting aerial surveillance of the area, a statement said.

Meanwhile, a Pakistan Navy spokesman said that the Pakistan Navy was also assisting in controlling the fire that broke out after the plane crashed in Karachi.

The spokesman said that 4 fire tenders of the Pakistan Navy have been dispatched to the spot.

Besides, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Asim Saleem Bajwa said that all emergency services and resources are being utilized on the instructions of the Prime Minister.

On the other hand, according to Miran Yousuf, media coordinator of the Sindh Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health has declared an emergency in all major hospitals in Karachi.

The plane crash was reported. Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah ordered all the fire brigade vehicles of the city to immediately reach the crash site in Model Colony and order rescue operations.

Talking to media, Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah confirmed the survival of the two passengers and said that they were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Nasir Hussain Shah said that the authorities were collecting data so it would be premature to give final figures of injuries and deaths.

In addition, Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab elaborated on the survival of the two men and said that Zafar Masood and Muhammad Zubair were miraculously safe and both are in good condition.

Meanwhile, Jinnah Hospital Executive Director Dr. Sami Jamali while talking to the media said that 2 women and 4 men were brought to the hospital in critical condition.

"We think a number of injured people will be brought here. We are working carefully due to the coronavirus and we are doing everything we can in this regard," he said.

Expressing regret over the incident
Various political and social personalities including Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chiefs of Armed Forces, Chief Justice of Pakistan, and leaders of opposition parties expressed their sorrow over the plane crash in Karachi.

In a message, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he was saddened by the crash of the PIA plane.

He wrote that he was in touch with CEO Arshad Malik and the relief teams present on the spot, adding that the tragedy would be investigated immediately, adding that his prayers and all sympathies were with the affected families.

According to ISPR, the Army Chief lamented the loss of precious lives in the tragic PIA plane crash and said that the bereaved families share in the grief in this hour of need.

According to ISPR, the Army Chief also directed to provide full assistance to the civil administration in rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and other judges of the Supreme Court also expressed regret over the tragic incident of PIA plane crash in Karachi.
He expressed his condolences and sympathy to the families of those who lost their precious lives in the tragic incident.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also expressed deep sorrow over the tragic plane crash involving a PIA passenger plane.

The Naval Chief said that Pakistan Navy shares the grief of the bereaved families.

He directed the field management of the Pakistan Navy to extend full support to the civil administration in the ongoing relief work, while fire tenders and relief teams of Pakistan Navy along with other agencies are participating in the relief activities.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan also expressed grief over the PIA plane crash.

He said that Pakistan Air Force is with PIA in this difficult time and is also cooperating in rescue operations.

Meanwhile, immediately after the plane crash in Karachi, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar expressed regret over the incident and said that our team would go to Shar-e-Quaid to investigate.

He said that people were going to their homes to celebrate Eid when a tragic accident took place.

At the same time, the Federal Minister for Aviation directed the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board to conduct an immediate inquiry into the crash.

In addition, Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has expressed deep sorrow and regret over the PIA plane crash.

"This is a very sad accident. We share the grief of the affected families. At the moment, our main focus is on relief operations," he said.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow and grief over the PIA plane crash.

He said that the entire nation is deeply saddened over the accident, expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the affected families, and shares their grief equally.

Shahbaz Sharif demanded that a high-level inquiry be held into how this tragic accident took place.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed regret over the incident in Karachi and offered heartfelt condolences to the affected families.

In his statement, he said that the loss of precious lives in the accident was a shock to the entire nation, including me.

On the other hand, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), expressed grief over the PIA plane crash.

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan also expressed sorrow over the incident.

In a tweet, the embassy wrote, "We extend our heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the PIA plane crash near Karachi Airport. We stand with Pakistan in this time of grief."

The US embassy also issued a statement on the incident.

"The US delegation in Pakistan extends its deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan and their families who lost their lives in the Karachi plane crash," a tweet said.

It may be recalled that last year a PIA plane skidded off the runway of Gilgit Airport but no major accident took place.

The passengers were safe in the crash, but the plane was severely damaged.

Earlier, on December 7, 2016, PIA flight PK661 from Chitral to Islamabad had crashed near Havelian.

The crash killed all 48 people on board, including 42 passengers, five crew members and a ground engineer, including Pakistani celebrity Junaid Jamshed.


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