An Airbus A320 of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed today in a residential area near Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, confirmed the Pakistan Aviation Authority.
From Lahore, the Airbus A320 (registered AP-BLD) on flight PK8303 carried 99 passengers and 8 crew members on board. He crashed as he approached Karachi International Airport during a second landing attempt after a go-around.
The number of victims is not yet known. First images posted on social networks show a plume of black smoke in the middle of a densely populated residential area.
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The disaster comes just days after Pakistan authorized the resumption of internal commercial flights. Domestic connections had been suspended for more than a month to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Many international flights had been maintained.
Pakistan has a mixed record for aviation safety, with frequent crashes of civil and military aircraft and helicopters over the years. The last major air accident in Pakistan dates back to December 2016, when an airliner of the national airline PIA carrying out a domestic flight crashed in the mountainous north of the country, killing 47 people.
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The deadliest crash in recent years in Pakistan dates back to 2010. An Airbus 321 from private Airblue, flying from Karachi to Islamabad, crashed in the hills shortly before landing in the capital, killing 152 people on board.