Karachi: A painful news has come out of Pakistan before Eid.
Domestic airline service was restored in Pakistan despite the coronavirus lockdown, due to which a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft flying from Lahore to Karachi crashed near the Karachi airport.
According to information received, a total of 98 people were on board the aircraft. Of these, 85 people were in economy class, 6 in business class, 5 cabin crew and 2 pilots.
The plane crashed in a large residential area. It is being said that 7 to 8 houses have been badly burnt due to this accident.
In this area of Karachi, the streets are so narrow that large fire brigade vehicles could not reach here. The fire brigade sent several personnel in a small car to combat the flames and efforts are being made to control the fire.
Till reports last came in, 8 injured have been admitted to hospital. This includes several children.
The ambulance which reached the area where the plane fell, was also trapped in the narrow streets. For this reason, the injured had to be taken on foot to the main road.
This neighbourhood is being described as Jinnah Garden in the Model Colony area. The most surprising thing is that this type of congested residential areas are not allowed near the airport and people are not allowed to build multi-storeyed buildings. But all the rules and regulations were put on hold in this area.
It is said that about 150 people have died in this accident, because a large number of houses have been damaged.
The plane was rented from China
There is a strong China connection to this tragedy. According to Pakistan’s news channel Geo News, the aircraft was rented from China and was around 10 to 11 years old.
It has been found during the preliminary investigation that the landing gear of the aircraft failed to open, due to which the accident occurred.
Eyewitness reports say that the aircraft’s engine caught fire, after which it crashed. The control tower says that the pilot last informed that an engine of the aircraft had stopped working and the aircraft suddenly started moving to the right.
The pilot had sought permission for emergency landing, but the aircraft crashed before landing.