New Delhi: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with about 100 people onboard crashed in a residential area in Karachi near the city’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday.
“The plane PK 8303 with 95 passengers and eight crew members has crashed,”.
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.
Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash.
A witness told Dawn news that the plane was on fire in the air before crashing.
The aircraft lost communication with the ground staff at 2.37 p.m. and crashed around a minute before landing.
Reportedly both engines failed, added the official.
“The plane took off from Lahore at 1 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Karachi at 2.45 p.m.”