A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore, with 107 on board, crashed near the Karachi airport, just a minute before it was to land this afternoon. There are no reports on any survivors yet.
Reports in Pakistan media say the flight was an Airbus A320.
The plane went down in a residential area – Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir – just short of the Karachi airport.
The wreckage and several houses in the area are on fire, visuals by Pakistan media showed. Smoke could also be seen billowing in the sky.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” news agency AFP quoted Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country’s aviation authority, as saying.
— Yusra Askari (@YusraSAskari) May 22, 2020
Pakistan media reported that Pak Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers are at the crash site to assist in relief and rescue efforts.
The crash comes just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume.
Karachi and Lahore are about 1020 km apart and it takes nearly seven and a half hours for a flight to cover the distance.
With inputs from agencies