A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane has crashed in a residential area in the country's largest city of Karachi, according to an airline spokesman, BBC reports.
The pictures and videos shared on social media show the devastating crash site with smokes rising. According to emergency services that have arrived at the site, homes have been damaged too.
Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for Pakistan's aviation authority, said, "The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members."
The PK 303 from Lahore to Karachi has crashed just before landing the officials confirm. The Airbus A320 went down onto the residential quarters, houses also damaged. pic.twitter.com/I3gu3kIL9W— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) May 22, 2020
The country had begun allowing commercial flights to resume just days ago, after suspending flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties.
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UPDATE May 23, 11:30 AM EDT: 97 confirmed dead with only two survivors
The death toll from Friday’s passenger jet crash in Karachi was finally confirmed on Saturday. It was a significant toll of 97 with only two survivors.
On the other hand, no fatalities were reported from the residential neighborhood where the Airbus A320 crashed.
UPDATE June 1, 1:50 PM EDT: Black boxes from the jet head to France for analysis
Air crash investigators were un route from Pakistan to France with two flight recorders that were taken from the Pakistani airliner. BEA experts will open and download information from the black boxes that contain cockpit voice recordings and other aircraft data on Tuesday.