Pakistan Plane Crash: Flight From Lahore Crashes In Karachi, Death Toll Rises To 60

Karachi: At least 60 people were killed as a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane from Lahore to Karachi crashed minutes before landing at the Jinnah International Airport on Friday.The PIA A320 passenger aircraft was carrying at least 90 passengers and eight crew members in the flight PK 8303, when it crashed into the densely populated vicinity called Jinnah Gardens, Model Colony, located next to the runway of the airport. PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the accidentAccording to Sindh health officials, at least 60 people were killed but it was not clear whether these included passengers on the plane only or residents of the houses in which the plane had crashed, the Dawn reported.Flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, they said.The PIA Airbus A320 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members has crashed landed into the Jinnah housing society located near the airport, a spokesperson of the national carrier said.Earlier, a PIA spokesperson and many media reports said that there were 107 people on board the aircraft.Faisal Edhi of the Edhi welfare trust told reporters that so far 45 bodies have been recovered.Our rescue workers have taken out 45 bodies from the remains of the aircraft, he said.Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho said that 19 bodies have been shifted from the crash site to Jinnah hospital and another 20 to Civil hospital. Scores of injured were also rushed to hospitals.The minister said there are three survivors including President of the Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood. He called up his mother to inform her of his well-being.Edhi said that around 25 to 30 residents whose houses were damaged by the plane have also been taken to the hospital, mostly with burn wounds.The aircraft wings during the crash landing hit the houses in the residential colony before crashing down.The first priority is to rescue people. The main hurdle is narrow streets and presence of ordinary people who gathered at the place after the crash but they have been dispersed, the minister said.According to a PIA official, the captain informed the air traffic control that he was having problems with the landing gear before the aircraft disappeared from the radar.President Arif Alvi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the plane crash incident.Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives as a result of the PIA passenger plane crash in Karachi, has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condoled the loss of lives and directed the military to provide full assistance to the civil administration in rescue and relief efforts.Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the plane crash and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The flight was coming from Lahore to Karachi after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed limited resumption of domestic flights last Saturday following weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.Television channels showed several houses and cars damaged in the society where the aircraft crashed.

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