Associated Press

Associated Press 22 May 2020

Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in Karachi

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A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan's port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. (May 22)


A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say.

The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan's busiest airports.

Pictures shared on social media show smoke rising from the crash site, a residential area in Karachi.

Emergency services have arrived at the scene, where homes have been damaged.

"The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members," said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for Pakistan's aviation authority.

The plane was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km (two miles) north-east of Jinnah International Airport.
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A passenger jet with more than a hundred people on board has crashed in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi. Authorities said the plane operated by state-run Pakistani International Airlines was on route from Lahore. The Airbus A320 came down in a residential area near the airport - just moments before it was due to land. Mass casualties are expected.
A passenger plane with at least 100 people on board has crashed in a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi, the country's civil aviation agency said on Friday.

"The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members," said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country's aviation authority, adding that the flight was coming from Lahore.

The flight, confirmed as PK8303, was due to land in Karachi at 14:45 local time (09:45 GMT). The Airbus A320 plane was operated by state-run Pakistan International Airlines.

There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties or survivors but a relative of a passenger on board the plane told Al Jazeera she was able to contact him after the crash.

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