A number of houses were also damaged in the crash, the spokesman for the aviation authority said. The area has been cordoned off by police and paramilitaries. A rescue operation is underway. Pakistani TV channel Geo shows images of the place, a densely populated area. A thick black cloud of smoke can be seen above the scene of the accident.
Domestic flights in Pakistan had only resumed a few days ago. International flights to and from Pakistan would not resume until the end of this month.
It is the second time in less than four years that the Pakistani airline has experienced a crash. At the end of 2016, the president of the company resigned, shortly after an airplane with 47 people on board crashed in the mountainous north of the country.