A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft A320 Airbus crashed a minute before landing in a residential area – Model Colony, near Jinnah international airport Karachi.
Abdullah Hafeez, a PIA spokesperson, confirmed the crash and added that PK 8303 was carrying 90 passengers along with 10+ crew members boarded from Lahore to Karachi; Ansar Naqvi, Director Programming 24 News was among the passengers.
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) condoled the “loss of precious lives”. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said “[COAS] Shares grief of bereaved families in this difficult time. COAS directed provision of full assistance to civil administration in rescue/ relief effort”.
A footage shared by an eye-witness, showing fumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash, even before landing, the fumes were started; ambulances rescue officials, Army Quick Reaction Force, and Sindh Pakistan Rangers arrived at the scene to help residents.
Due to the plane crash, Meeran Yousuf, the Minister of Health & Population Welfare declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi.
Asim Saleem Bajwa, SAPM on Information and Broadcasting, informed that following the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directions, all emergency services and resources have been mobilized.
Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar and Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force also expressed grief over the tragic air crash, and said that they are with PIA at this difficult time and ready to extend all the support in the rescue operation.
Looking back, a PIA aircraft escaped the accident at Gilgit airport after it skidded off the runway while landing, whereas, in 2016, a PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers with crew members, crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral.