Pakistani aircraft with 90 passengers crashes in Karachi’s residential area

PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the flight — A-320 — was carrying 90 passengers and was flying from Lahore to Karachi, Dawn reported.

Written by May 22, 2020 16:22

New Delhi: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft with 90 passengers on board crashed in a residential area near the Karachi airport on Friday.

PIA aircraft with 90 passengers crashes in Karachi's residential area

PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the flight — A-320 — was carrying 90 passengers and was flying from Lahore to Karachi, Dawn reported.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft A320 Airbus crashed in Model Colony near Jinnah international airport Karachi. It was carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members from Lahore to Karachi, Dawn reported.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock over the plane crash in Karachi and assured that an immediate inquiry will be instituted.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Information and Broadcasting, Asim Saleem Bajwa, said that on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directions, all emergency services and resources have been mobilised and evacuation is in progress.

Director, Programming, 24 News, Ansar Naqvi and Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masood were among the passengers.

Masood’s family has said that he has survived the crash but is critically injured. As the plane crashed in the populated area, the authorities have expressed concerns that there would be more casualties.

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed condolences over “loss of precious lives”. “[COAS] Shares grief of bereaved families in this difficult time. COAS directed provision of full assistance to civil administration in rescue/ relief effort,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Further details are awaited