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Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

  • Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi
    Flight PK8303, which was carrying around 91 passengers and eight crew Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 99 passengers and crew crashed into a residential area of the city of Karachi on Friday, with many feared dead, officials said.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members, was on its final approach to Karachi airport when it went down in a residential area in the Model Colony neighborhood and disappeared from radar.

There were conflicting reports about whether there were any survivors. Greater Karachi Wasim Akhtar said everyone on board had died. However, several people on social media said they had spoken to relatives who had been on the plane and were still alive.

A PIA spokesperson, Abdullah Hafeez, confirmed the crash, and added: “Saying anything right now would be premature. Our crew is trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information in a transparent manner. ”

The pilot reportedly called in describing a technical fault minutes before the plane, an Airbus A320, crashed. The pilot had been  informed by air traffic control that both runways were available but he had then turned the direction of the plane.