In a shocking incident, several people were feared dead after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed Friday in a residential area near Karachi Airport carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members, Dawn reported. Two people supposedly survived the accident.
Lahore flight PK 8303 was about to land in Karachi when it crashed near Model Colony at Jinnah Garden district, Dawn announced. The pilot had told the control room of facing a technical problem, according to PIA chief executive Arshad Malik, and then decided to go around instead of landing, and although two runways were ready for landing.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, conveying shock at the incident, said relief and rescue teams were on the ground and an immediate investigation would be instituted. He also extended his condolences to the Deceased ‘s relatives. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his deepest sympathies to the deceased’s bereaved families and wished those injured a speedy recovery.
Video Shows the Tragedy
Posted video on social media shows smoke pouring from the crash site. Officials in ambulances and rescue press into action to support the people. Several houses and cars destroying in the area where the plane crash, as per reports. Videos from the site of the crash, as per Dawn, showing bodies buried beneath rubble and residents assembling in littered streets.
Terrible, terrible news!
Pakistan International Airlines plane with 91 people onboard has crashed in a residential area in Karachi. pic.twitter.com/pMkXDraqbs
— Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) May 22, 2020
As per a record posted on the monitoring website liveatc.net, the pilot sent a Mayday. Also, told controllers that on their second attempt to land. The aircraft had lost power from both of its engines, news agency Reuters reported. A controller radioed the pilot who seemed to be turning left, indicating he was off-course. It is after the aircraft allegedly calls off an earlier attempt. It is at the landing and with around for a second attempt. The pilot answers, “We ‘re back, sir, we’ve lost engines,” and the controller clears the aircraft to land on one of two West-Southwest-facing runways at Karachi airport.
The pilot calls “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” twelve seconds later, and authorizes to use either runway again. There’s no further communication from the aircraft, a respected source for in-flight recordings, according to the audio from liveatc.net.
Inter-Services Public Relations Releases Statement
A statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released by media wing. It is of the Pakistan Army spoke about the Army Rapid Reaction Force. Also, Sindh Pakistan Rangers have reached the spot for carrying out rescue and relief operations alongside civilian administration. After the incident, Minister of Health and Population Welfare declared an emergency in all of Karachi’s major hospitals. Dawn News quoted Meeran Yousuf, the Sindh health minister ‘s media coordinator, as he said.
A colony resident, witnessing the crash, told Ary News channel that the plane had fired from its wings. It crashed into some houses’ rooftops before it crash-landed. This is Pakistan’s first major aircraft crash after December 7, 2016. It is when a PIA ATR-42 aircraft crashed midway between Chitral and Islamabad. All 48 passengers and crew died in the crash.