A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane crashed in a residential area near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Friday less than a minute before landing. The plane was carrying 99 passengers including senior journalist Ansar Naqvi and 8 crew members when it crashed in a residential area – Model Colony – due to a technical fault.
The PIA plane departed from Lahore at 1:00 pm and it was scheduled to arrive at Karachi at 2:45 pm. The aircraft registration number was AP-BLD Airbus A320-214.
List of passengers names aboard Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-8303
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, PIA flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that Flight 8303 was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi. No information has been made available of the survivors as yet.
“Saying anything right now would be premature. Our crew is trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information in a transparent manner.”
Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash. Ambulances and rescue officials arrived at the scene to help residents.
A statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts. naveed sent this as well
Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash, according to Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister.