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Old 22nd May 2020, 16:10   #1 (permalink)
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Passenger plane carrying 98 people crashes

There are fears of mass casualties after a passenger aircraft carrying 98 people crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet, carrying 91 passengers and seven crew members, was on its final approach to Karachi airport when it went down in a residential area in the Model Colony neighbourhood and disappeared from radar. There were reports of multiple casualties on the ground.

Local officials confirmed that at least two people on the plane had survived: the Bank of Punjab president, Zafar Masud, who is “out of danger” in hospital, and another passenger Mohammed Zubair.

According to those close to his family, a third passenger, Khalid Sherdil, a chief executive of an urban planning unit, is alive in an intensive care unit.

“Saying anything right now would be premature,” said Abdullah Hafeez, a PIA spokesman. “Our crew is trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information in a transparent manner.”

The pilot reportedly called in describing a technical fault minutes before the plane, an Airbus A320, crashed.

A transmission of the pilot’s final exchange with air traffic control, posted on the website LiveATC.net, indicated he had failed to land and was circling around to make another attempt.

“We are proceeding direct, sir – we have lost engine,” a pilot can be heard saying.

“Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering a runway.

“Sir – mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said before the transmission ended.

In a statement, the PIA chief executive, Arshad Malik, said he was visiting the site of the crash and would further investigate the technical issue reported by the pilot.

Flight PK8303 was on a domestic journey from Lahore and was minutes from Jinnah international airport when it crashed at about 2.45pm local time (1045 BST). Video footage shows billowing black smoke and people running screaming from the crash site.

Saad Edhi, spokesperson of the Edhi Foundation who were helping in the rescue effort, said they had moved 35 bodies from the site of the crash to different hospitals.

The plane fell in a populated residential area and at least five houses caught fire. A schoolteacher working nearby said she had heard a “huge crash – it felt like doomsday. I saw smoke rising from the next street.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...s-near-karachi
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Re: Passenger plane carrying 98 people crashes

It appears there are some survivors so at least some good news out of what can only be tragic news.
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