An Airbus A320 of the Pakistan Worldwide Airways descends dangerously near the homes in a densely populated residential space of Karachi, lower than a kilometer from the airport the place it was making an attempt to land, and hits one of many buildings, tail first. There’s an explosion and inside a fraction of a second, thick plumes of black smoke rise within the air. All this, captured on a CCTV digicam on the roof of one of many homes in the identical locality.
There have been 99 folks on board flight PK-8303 that took off from Lahore and was to land on the Jinnah Worldwide Airport in Karachi this afternoon.
At the least 57 our bodies have been recovered from the positioning of the crash.
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“However we’re nonetheless to find out whether or not these 57 folks have been all on board the flight or embody space residents as a lot of homes have been badly broken by the plane when it crashed,” Sindh Well being Minister Azra Pechuho was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
Three passengers, miraculously, survived.
The airplane, in keeping with experiences, was trying to land for a second time after cancelling the earlier try in a routine maneuver generally known as a go-around. Within the closing moments earlier than the crash, recorded on a flight monitoring web site, one of many pilots might be heard telling the Air Visitors Controller that they’d misplaced each the engines, earlier than sending the worldwide misery message, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday”.
Eyewitnesses stated the airplane first hit a cellular tower and crashed over homes in Jinnah Backyard space close to Mannequin Colony in Malir. The wreckage and several other homes within the space caught hearth, visuals by Pakistan media earlier within the day confirmed.
The crash comes only a week after Pakistan resumed flights which had been grounded over a lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
That is the primary main plane crash in Pakistan after December 7, 2016 when a PIA ATR-42 plane from Chitral to Islamabad crashed halfway, killing all 48 on board.
With inputs from businesses