A Pakistan International Airlines (Pia) plane with 99 passengers on board, in addition to the crew members, crashed near the Karachi international airport in Pakistan. The Geo broadcaster reported it, citing sources in the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, according to which the crash occurred one minute before landing. The disaster was confirmed shortly afterwards by the company’s spokesman, Sattar Khokhar.
On board, in addition to the passengers, there were 8 crew members. The passengers, according to the boarding list, would all be of Pakistani nationality. The plane, an Airbus 320 with the flight initials PK8303 had taken off from Lahore, another Pakistani city and crashed in a residential district of Karachi: communications between the control tower and the crew were interrupted one minute before landing expected. The first images from the scene of the tragedy show a vast fire that broke out between the houses of the city, at the point where the jet fell. The narrow streets of the neighborhood and the rubble from the beginning made the work of the rescuers difficult; Karachi health authorities have declared a state of emergency for the entire region.
Early witnesses reported that Airbus he would have attempted an emergency landing twice near Jinnah International Airport before the commander finally lost control. The neighborhood where the crashed aircraft called Model Colony, a poor and densely populated neighborhood. Airport sources said the plane had been subjected to security checks in November 2019, resulting in order. The Pia company would have made an additional check, right at the end of April.
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