Black smoke could be seen from afar at the crash site, said eyewitnesses. Some users posted videos on Twitter claiming five houses were destroyed in a residential area in Karachi due to the crash.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi on Friday. The flight was on its way from Lahore to Karachi.
Many casualties are feared after a plane carrying more than 100 passengers and crew crashed into houses after the captain reportedly notified air traffic control of a technical fault.
News agency Reuters reports that the plane had 107 passengers onboard when it crashed.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet was on its final approach to Karachi’s main airport when it went down in a residential area near Model Colony and disappeared from radar about a minute before it was due to land.
A number of houses were damaged or destroyed, there were fires in a street where debris from the plane, buildings and parked cars were scattered. A major rescue operation was underway to save any survivors amid a huge fire that filled the area with choking black smoke.
State-run PIA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said 99 passengers and eight crew members were on board the Airbus A320. There was no word on the fate of those on board or whether anyone on the ground was injured or killed.
Pakistan Armed force spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the army’s Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers’ Sindh troops have reached the incident site. In the update posted on the official Twitter handel of DG ISPR, the spokesperson said that the security forces will assist civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.
Users on social media started posting images and videos of the residential area where the plane crashed. The videos show smoke billowing from the plane. Others have a close-up short of the area where the crash took place.
“PIA Flight crashed near Karachi’s Model Colony Area. Flight enroute from Lahore to Karachi!!” tweeted a user Annie Frank.
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