Death toll in plane crash rises to 97 in Karachi
Rescue operation underway in Model Colony area near Karachi airport
A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane crashed in Karachi on Friday evening. Around 99 passengers are onboard. Sources in civil aviation authority said that the passenger plane crashed in the Model Colony area of Karachi near the airport.
Health officials confirmed the death of around 97 passengers. However, three people have survived the deadly crash in Karachi, the official said. Rescue operation was underway to shift the passengers to hospital. Only two fortunate were reported to have survived during the tragic incident.
PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said that the A320 Airbus was carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi on PK 8303. Eyewitnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near the airport.
Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah had earlier said during a media talk that two passengers had survived and were brought to hospitals in injured condition. The Sindh government’s spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab also confirmed the same in a tweet. Details of other passengers are awaited.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened by the PIA crash”.
“Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi, and with the rescue and relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers and condolences go to families of the deceased,” he said.