A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore, with 99 passengers and eight crews on board, crashed near the Karachi airport, just a minute before the Airbus A320 was to land this afternoon, no reports on any casualties yet.
The plane went down in what looks like a densely populated residential area – Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir – just short of the Jinnah International Airport.
The wreckage and several houses in the area are on fire, plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the sky as ambulances tried to make their way through.
25 residents of the area, injured in the crash, have been reportedly taken to hospitals.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” news agency AFP quoted Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country’s aviation authority, as saying.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority as said that communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing.
Pak Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers were at the crash site to assist in relief and rescue efforts, which have been hindered due to the presence of a large crowd and narrow lanes.
The crash comes just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded due to the lockdown over the corona virus pandemic.
In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.