An Airbus A320 of the Pakistan International Airlines descends dangerously near the homes in a densely populated residential space of Karachi, lower than a kilometer from the airport the place it was attempting to land, and hits one of many buildings, tail first. There is an explosion and inside a fraction of a second, thick plumes of black smoke rise within the air. All this, captured on a CCTV digital camera on the roof of one of many homes in the identical locality.
There had been 99 individuals on board flight PK-8303 that took off from Lahore and was to land on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi this afternoon.
At least 57 our bodies have been recovered from the location of the crash.
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“But we are still to determine whether these 57 people were all on board the flight or include area residents as a number of houses have been badly damaged by the aircraft when it crashed,” Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
Three passengers, miraculously, survived.
The airplane, in response to reviews, was making an attempt to land for a second time after cancelling the earlier try in a routine maneuver often known as a go-around. In the ultimate moments earlier than the crash, recorded on a flight monitoring web site, one of many pilots may be heard telling the Air Traffic Controller that that they had 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 Garden space close to Model Colony in Malir. The wreckage and several other homes within the space caught fireplace, 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.
This 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