Pakistan: PIA passenger plane crashes in Karachi

At least 60 killed as PIA plane carrying 91 passengers crashes in Karachi's residential area near airport.

Karachi- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 99 people on board crashed into a residential neighbourhood while on approach to the airport in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. The report claimed that around 60 people were killed in this tragic air crash on Friday, days after the COVID-19-induced travel bans were lifted.

Flight PK-8303 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members which took off from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it got crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, officials said.

According to Edhi welfare trust, so far 60 bodies have been recovered. However, the plane after crashing has damaged at least 25, Edhi said.

A spokesperson of the national airline said that the captain of PIA Airbus A-320 informed the air traffic tower about the problems he was having. He told that he has issues with the landing gear before disappearing from the radar.

President Arif Alvi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed their grieves and sorrows over the loss of lives in the plane crash incident and said an immediate inquiry would be launched.

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