A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft has crashed in a residential area near the Karachi Airport. PIA Airbus 320 travelling from Lahore to Karachi crashed near Malir Cantt.

PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the flight, A-320, was carrying 98 passengers including the cabin crew and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.

CAA sources said that its communication with the plane one minute before its landing was cut off.  PIA spokesperson said that the plan crashed at 2.37pm Pakistan Standard Time — just one minute before the landing.

The PIA flight PK-8303 took off from Lahore for Karachi an crashed in a residential area in Karachi, a senior PIA official told Gulf News from Karachi. He said that PIA’s emergency and rescue team has been activated.

A statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.

Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash, according to Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister.

Police, Ambulance and firefighters have reached the spot which is a crowded area.

“A resident told Gulf News that the aircraft came dangerously before crashing. It hit a house first and then crashed. We do not yet how many people have been killed on ground,” said Shoaib Chaudhry. He said that area has been cordoned off for the resuce operation.

Chaudhry further said that the crash site is densly populated with mostly two to three storey houses. “Thick black smoke is billowing from the spot and some area is also on fire. Some houses have also damaged, he added.

Source Gulf News

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