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Fri May 22, 2020, 08:19 AM

Mayor: Pakistan plane crashes near Karachi, all 107 killed

Source: AP

By ADIL JAWAD

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines crashed near the southern port city of Karachi on Friday, killing all 107 passengers and crew, the city’s mayor said.

The aircraft crashed into a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the airport. Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses were destroyed in the crash. It wasn’t immediately known how many casualties were from among the residential area.

The aircraft arriving from the eastern city of Lahore was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members, said Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the country’s civil aviation authority.

The civil aviation authority said the pilot called in a mayday saying that he had lost an engine. He was attempting to land when the plane crashed.

Witnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport. The residential area on the edge of the airport known as Model Colony is a poor area and heavily congested.



Fire brigade staff try to put out fire caused by plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, May 22, 2020. An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers and crew has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi. There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 08:35 AM

1. *Sigh*

We reach for words but none are there.

Bummer.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 08:47 AM

2. +1

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:15 AM

3. Karachi has a very large population

hard to think about how many have lost their lives that were on the ground.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:17 AM

4. Maybe not all killed

There are reports of survivors of the crash. The video of President and CE0 Punjab Bank, Zafar Masood, has surfaced which shows him being rescued by local residents as a survivor from the crash site.
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According to unofficial sources, Six injured passengers as yet have been shifted to the hospital.

https://nation.com.pk/22-May-2020/pia-plane-crashes-in-near-karachi-airport

Though with the crash into houses, several on the ground are sadly likely to have been killed too.

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Fri May 22, 2020, 09:21 AM

5. .

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