Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

PIA flight PK8303 crashes in Karachi's Model Colony

The plane crashed in a residential area of Karachi Pakistani passenger jet crashes near Karachi airport
Deanna Wagner | 23 May, 2020, 02:44

Pakistani armed forces and civilian authorities are afoot to recover bodies and save any survivors from the crash.

The crash comes as Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr a time when families gather and feast for days after a month of fasting. Pakistan has been in a countrywide lockdown since mid-March because of the novel coronavirus.

The plane damaged as many as 20 houses, Ahmed Edhi, spokesman for rescue agency Edhi, said by phone from the accident site.

Hafeez was unable to comment on why the plane crashed into a densely populated area while the pilot still had some semblance of control of the aircraft. "There was fire. The fire erupted on the roof of a house", said resident Najeeb Ur Rehman.

Pakistan's civil aviation authority said the plane had 91 passengers and a crew of seven.

Pakistan has a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.

"He was told from the final approach that both the runways were ready where he can land, but the pilot decided that he wanted to do [a] go-round".

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay also wished Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives in the plane crash, and extended condolences to the "brotherly" people of Pakistan.

People fled the area after the incidentAP  AP
People fled the area after the incidentAP AP

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A controller informed the pilot that he appeared to be veering left, suggesting he was off course.

The plane, an Airbus A320, was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km (two miles) north-east of Jinnah International Airport. Immediate inquiry will be instituted.

At least two passengers on the Airbus SE A320 jet survived the impact, Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab said in a tweet. The flight typically takes an hour and a half from the northeastern city of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, to Karachi.

PIA said the plane had joined the fleet in 2014 and passed its annual airworthiness inspection last November. PIA's chief engineer signed a separate certificate on 28 April saying all maintenance had been conducted.

The plane, according to reports, was attempting to land for a second time after cancelling the previous attempt in a routine maneuver known as a go-around.

"Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash". The country's worst plane disaster came in 2010 when an AirBlue flight crashed killing 152 people near Islamabad.

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