New Delhi: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with over 100 people onboard crashed in a residential area in Karachi.
“The plane PK 8303 with 99 passengers and eight crew members has crashed,” The Express tribune quoted the spokesman as saying.
The crash took place in the city’s densely populated Model Colony area. It caused significant damage in the residential area and reportedly destroyed four residences.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the A320 Airbus was flying from Lahore to Karachi.
Aircraft lost communication with the ground staff at 2.37 p.m. and crashed around a minute before landing.
Another official told The Express Tribune that the plane was leased from China and was around 10 to 12 years old.
Reportedly both engines failed, added the official.
“The plane took off from Lahore at 1 p.md was scheduled to land in Karachi at 2.45 p.m.”
Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash.
Last year, a PIA aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at Gilgit airport.
Passengers had remained safe in the accident, but the plane suffered considerable damage.
On December 6, 2016, PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral, killing all on board.