An Airbus SE passenger jet operated by Pakistan International Airlines crashed with at least 100 people on boardThe country’s civil aviation authority was quoted by news agencies as saying.
Flight PK 8303 I was flying from Lahore, the second largest city in the country, to Karachi. “We are trying to confirm the number of passengers, but originally there were 99 passengers and eight crew members,” Abdul Sattar Khokhar, a spokesman for Pakistan’s aviation authority, told AFP.
“It crashed near the Karachi airport. He was one minute from the airport and fell into a residential area “, a spokesman for the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, Abdul Sattar, told Efe.
Local televisions showed images of a huge column of smoke coming out of a residential area. Until now the number of victims of the air accident is unknown.
“I cannot say the damage at the moment, nor the reason (for the accident) because it is so soon,” added Sattar.
The Pakistani Army’s communication office (ISPR) reported in a statement that it has sent helicopters and troops to the crash area to carry out rescue operations.
The Karachi government put the city’s main hospitals on alert.
As soon as the incident was known, the Minister of Aviation, Ghulam Serwar, ordered the launch of an investigation to find out the causes.
The catastrophe comes days after the country authorized the resumption of domestic flights. For more than a month, national connections were suspended to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Only a few international flights were maintained.
Pakistan has had several air, civil and military accidents in recent years.
The last one occurred in December 2016, when a passenger plane also belonging to the national PIA company crashed in the north of the country. 47 people died in the accident.
The most dramatic incident in recent years occurred in 2010, when an Airbus 321 from the private company Airblue, which was traveling between Karachi and Islamabad, crashed shortly before landing. The 152 people on board died.