Pakistan International Airlines’ Airbus A320 aircraft with 91 passengers and eight crew members crashed near the Karachi Jinnah International Airport. Zafar’s news comes after Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said that no one could survive the accident. The plane had 31 women and 9 children. According to news reports, the plane is 16 years old. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the incident
Reuters reported that the two engines crashed during an attempt to land at the airport. It then landed on one of the two runways at the airport. During the second landing after the first attempt failed, a Mayday telephone message asking for help arrived from the pilot. The report also stated that after that all communications stopped. The incident occurred at 2.17pm on Friday. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar said the preliminary conclusion was that the aircraft landing gear was not working.
The plane crashed in a densely populated area. Many homes and vehicles are damaged. According to eyewitnesses, both wings of the aircraft were engulfed in flames. The plane first crashed into a mobile tower. Four bodies have been recovered so far from the damaged houses. About 25–30 people who were homeless and injured were rushed to hospitals. The narrow lanes of traffic and large crowds of people are affecting the rescue operation.
The tragedy in Pakistan comes just over a week after the Kovid-backed flights stopped. The plane was on its way from Lahore to Karachi. The plane crashed at Jinnah Gardens in Model Colony near the airport. Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for an immediate investigation into the incident. This is the biggest accident in Pakistan since 48 people were killed when a plane crashed on Islamabad on December 7, 2016. Pakistan’s biggest plane crash in Islamabad in 2010 killed 152 people.
English Summary: At least two passengers survived; Pakistan crash pilot sent Mayday with ‘lost engines’