CRASH – A plane crash occurred this Friday morning in a residential area of the city of Karachi (Pakistan). At least 80 people died, according to a provisional assessment.
2020-05-22T21: 46: 03.062Z – The drafting of LCI
The crash occurred at the end of the morning, French time. An Airbus A320, which belonged to Pakistan international Airlines, crashed in a residential area of the city of Karachi, killing at least 80 people, according to Pakistani authorities.
The search will continue “until all the bodies are recovered,” an official in Sindh province, whose capital Karachi is, told AFP. “So far, we have recovered 80 bodies from the rubble.” A statement from local health services also announced that two survivors had been found and at least 17 bodies identified.
A technical problem behind the drama
“There were 91 passengers and 7 crew members“On board Pakistan Airlines (PKI) flight PK8303,” who lost contact with air traffic control at 2:37 PM “(9:37 GMT), PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez told media local. “It is too early to comment on the causes of the crash“, he continued.
Images of the accident scene were quickly shared by witnesses on social media. Public television footage showed thick black smoke escaping to the sky behind a seemingly new house. Firefighters were trying to extinguish debris from buildings, while military helicopters patrolled over the area.
Arshad Malik’s CEO said the aircraft, an Airbus A320 from Lahore, was “on final approach” from Karachi airport when an incident occurred. “The last time we heard from the pilot, he indicated that he had a technical problem,” he said in a video posted on Twitter. “He was told (…) that two runways were ready for landing, but he decided to go around. Why? The technical problem remains to be determined.”
According to Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah, the pilot said he had “lost an engine” and then made “a distress call”.
The disaster comes just days after the country authorized the resumption of domestic commercial flights. For more than a month, domestic connections had been suspended to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Very few international flights had been maintained.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened” by the disaster, sending his “prayers and condolences to the families and missing persons” on Twitter.
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