A passenger plane belonging to Pakistan International Airlines crashed into a residential area in the city of Karachi.
According to the first determinations, the plane that made the Lahore-Karachi flight had 91 passengers and 8 crew members.
The plane was flying from Lahore to Cinnah International Airport in Karachi, one of the country’s busiest airports.
The PK 303 from Lahore to Karachi has crashed just before landing the officials confirm. The Airbus A320 went down onto the residential quarters, houses also damaged. pic.twitter.com/I3gu3kIL9W
— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) May 22, 2020
The cause of the crash is not yet known. Arshad Malik, the Chairman of Pakistan International Airlines, explained that the pilot told the air traffic control tower “the plane has technical problems”.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the accident “shocked and upset him” and said the accident would be investigated immediately.
In the photos shared on social media, smoke rising from the wreckage of the plane that fell into the area where the settlements were located was seen.
The accident occurred several days after the resumption of commercial flights stopped in the country due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Pakistan’s flight safety record
In 2010, 152 people lost their lives in Pakistan, when an airplane owned by the private airline Airblue crashed near the capital Islamabad in 2010. This was the biggest plane crash in the country’s history.
In 2012, a Boeing 737-200 aircraft belonging to Bhoja Air crashed while landing in Rawalpindi due to bad weather, 121 passengers and 6 crew members died.
In 2016, a plane of Pakistan International Airlines flared while flying from the north of the country to Islamabad, and 47 people died as a result of the accident.