Zafar Masud, the CEO of Bank of Punjab, mysteriously survived the crash, according to local media. He was in seat 1C at the front of the plane. A second, as yet unknown, passenger is said to have survived the crash, according to Pakistani aviation authorities.
Bell with mother: “It’s going well”
Masud is doing so well that he is out of danger. He is said to have called and informed his mother from Darul Sehat Hospital about his health. The hospital informs local media that his hip has broken and that he has multiple fractures. Furthermore, he has “only scratches and no burns”. His brother is in the hospital with him.
The Prime Minister of the Southern Sindh Province, Murad Ali Shah, confirms that Masud is making it. He is also in the hospital.
Local journalists share how Masud was saved. (Text continues under video.)
While it was initially reported that there would be no survivors, rescue workers have been given new hope by news from bank director Masud. They have already been able to save some residents from under the rubble and brought them to the hospital alive.
Rescuers between the ruins of both the houses and the plane.
The crash destroyed several homes, raising fears of more victims in the city.
The plane flew from Lahore to Karachi, but crashed on Friday in Malir, a district of Karachi.
There were about a hundred people in the plane. There is still some uncertainty about the exact number. Some bodies have already been recovered, but it is not clear whether these are passengers or local residents.
An injured person is carried away.
There are stories about the crash where it is said that the rear part of the plane hit the ground first, and that all survivors were in the front. Those messages are unconfirmed.
The army is now helping with the rescue.
It has since become known in Pakistan that top model Zara Abid was also on the disaster flight. A well-known journalist reports that she is one of the survivors. Friends of her are said to have informed her that they are with her in the hospital. As far as is known, these reports have not been confirmed by the family itself.
In her last post on Facebook, the model poses on an airplane, saying “Fly high, it’s good.”
More names of survivors are reported on social media. They are still unconfirmed.