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Opinion Scores feared dead as passenger jet crashes in Pakistan

02:35  23 may  2020
02:35  23 may  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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KARACHI, Pakistan — A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft has crashed in a residential area near the Karachi Airport. A PIA spokesman confirmed the crash and added that the flight, A-320, was carrying 98 passengers including the cabin crew and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.

A passenger jet carrying 98 people crashed Friday into a residential neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistan International Airlines said flight PK 8303 went down carrying 91 passengers and 7 crew. There was no official word on the number of casualties, but Pakistan 's leader tweeted

A passenger jet carrying 98 people crashed Friday into a residential neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistan International Airlines said flight PK 8303 went down with 91 passengers and 7 crew on board.

a boat in the rain: PAKISTAN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT © RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty PAKISTAN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT

There was no official word on the number of casualties, but Pakistan's leader tweeted condolences "to the families of the deceased."

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar was quoted by The Associated Press as telling reporters at the scene that all those who had been on board the jetliner died in the crash, but officials with the national government said at least two people from the plane were believed to have survived.

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A passenger jet operated by state-owned Pakistani International Airlines en route from Lahore crashed in Karachi on Friday, with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board, according to Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the national civil aviation authority. Witnesses tell The Associated

Over 100 people are feared dead after a passenger plane went down in Pakistan 's second largest city of Karachi on Friday afternoon.On An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers and crew has crashed near the

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. © Provided by CBS News Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020.

Some of the confusion was likely between casualties among those on the ground when the plane came down — it destroyed five or six houses — and those on board the aircraft.

CBS News' Maria Usman said the PIA Airbus A320 crashed into a neighborhood called Jinnah Gardens, close to the port city of Karachi's airport.

A source at the airport told CBS News the pilot had informed the control tower that one of the plane's two engines had failed. The control tower told the pilot that two runways were clear for landing, but air traffic control lost communication with the crew and the plane crashed shortly after. Witnesses reported seeing an engine on fire before the plane came down.

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Passenger jet crashes in Pakistan , all on board feared dead There were 91 passengers and seven crew members on the plane. A Pakistani Airlines passenger jet

A Pakistani International Airline (PIA) plane crashes near Karachi's Model Colony area. The Lahore-Karachi plane with 91 passengers and 7 crew members crashed before landing. There is no information on the number of casualties, injured yet and more details are awaited.

a group of people on a sidewalk next to a pile of snow: Rescue workers remove a body from the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed into a residential area in Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020. © Provided by CBS News Rescue workers remove a body from the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed into a residential area in Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020.

Rescue efforts were underway and an official with Pakistan's Interior Ministry told CBS News there were survivors, but no numbers could be confirmed, and it was unclear whether he was referring to people who had been on the ground or in the plane at the time of the crash.

A video shared online by Pakistan's GEO TV showed an emergency crew trying to reach the scene through rubble, with flames still visible in the background. Others showed huge clouds of black smoke billowing up between tightly packed buildings in the residential neighborhood.

Pakistani Flight Crashes Into Residential Karachi Neighborhood

  Pakistani Flight Crashes Into Residential Karachi Neighborhood A Pakistan International Airlines Corp. flight with 107 people aboard crashed into a residential neighborhood of Karachi as it approached for landing, triggering an urgent rescue effort amid smoke and debris. At least two passengers on the Airbus SE A320 jet are believed to have survived the initial impact, Sindh information minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said to reporters at the site of crash. One of them was Zafar Masud, president at Bank of Punjab, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.

A passenger plane carrying dozens of passengers crashed into a residential area of Pakistan 's largest city, Karachi, early Friday, minutes before it was due to land. The Pakistan International Airlines A-320 plane was flying from Lahore to Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and was carrying 99

In Pakistan 's most recent deadly crash , 47 people died when a PIA jet smashed into a mountainside in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in 2016. The country's worst plane disaster was in 2010, when an AirBlue flight crashed near Islamabad, killing 152 people. Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted

Abdul Sattar Khokhar, spokesman for the country's aviation authority, confirmed that the flight had been flying to Karachi from Lahore. The Associated Press quoted witnesses as saying the Airbus A320 appeared to have tried to land at least a couple times before crashing into the residential area near Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

The crash came just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

It also comes as Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan sent his condolences to the victims of the crash in a tweet, vowing an immediate investigation into the disaster.

Pakistan has a checkered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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