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Voice of America 22 May 2020

Pakistan Passenger Plane Crashes With at Least 98 People on Board


▶️Debris and smoke is seen form the roof of a building after a Pakistani plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area of the southern city of Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, May 22.

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.
A passenger plane with nearly 100 people on board has crashed in a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, officials said.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was close to landing at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport when it came down among houses, sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from some distance away.
It was unclear if the dead were all passengers or also included people on the ground.
Al Jazeera's Leah Harding reports.
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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.

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