Many feared dead as PIA passenger plane crashes near Karachi

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

As reported by Hindustan Times, eyewitnesses said that "black smoke could be seen from afar at the crash site".

The country's army tweeted that troops had reached the incident site to conduct relief-and-rescue efforts.

A Pakistani domestic passenger plane has crashed in a residential area on approach to Karachi airport according to local news reports.

The plane crashed in the populated Model Colony area located on the outskirts of the city, approximately two kilometers from Jinnah International Airport.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the crash and added that flight 8303 was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi.

The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded during a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesman has confirmed there was 107 passengers on board the flight.

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves.

It's the second plane crash for Pakistani carrier in less than four years.

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