A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed in the area near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday, according to Civil Aviation Authority officials. Reportedly, the flight was on its way from Lahore to Karachi.
The Geo News reported that the plane crashed at the Jinnah Ground area near the airport while approaching for landing. Meanwhile, more than 90 passengers were on board the Airbus aircraft. Black smoke was seen from a distance at the crash site, the eyewitnesses said.
Meanwhile, there have been no immediate reports on the number of casualties so far. The aircraft arriving from the eastern city of Lahore was carrying around 99 passengers and 8 crew members, news agency AP said, quoting Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the country’s civil aviation authority.
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As per the witnesses, the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport.
The Flight PK-303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, Geo News reported.
The local television showed smoke coming from the direction of the airport. Ambulances were on their way to the airport. It is the second plane crash for Pakistani carriers in less than four years.