A large plane crashed in Pakistan on Friday. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed near the airport. There were a total of 107 passengers on board, none of whom are expected to escape. The plane crashed in a densely populated area. The death toll is expected to rise further.
According to Pakistani media reports, the plane crashed in the Model Colony area of Jinnah Garden, some distance from Karachi Airport. This region is also called Mali. Several houses were also damaged in the accident. A few pictures of the incident show smoke coming out of the room.
Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash, saying the A320 had 107 passengers on board. Pakistan’s Health and Population Welfare Minister Miran Yousuf, Sindh’s health co-ordinator and media co-ordinator, has declared a state of emergency in all major hospitals in Karachi following the plane crash.
However, it was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the accident. A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines told the media that the plane was 10 years old, Geo News reported. He said there was a problem with the aircraft’s landing gear, which led to the crash.
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “I am sorry and sorry for the plane crash.” I am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, he has moved to Karachi. Rescue and relief teams are on the scene, which is a priority at the moment. An investigation into the incident will begin immediately.