Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 plane crash, which crashed yesterday afternoon in a residential area of Karachi, killed at least 97 people, according to a new report released today by the authorities. local people who also reported two survivors.
They are still unaware of whether the catastrophe also made victims on the ground in this densely populated district of Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan. The crash started a fire, in which five houses caught fire. Rescuers and locals continue to search the rubble for possible bodies and also black boxes.
The Airbus A320 of flight PK8303 from Lahore was carrying 99 people (91 passengers – including 51 men, 31 women and 9 children – and 8 crew members; all are Pakistani except one American passenger), said today a PIA spokesperson, correcting a first count which reported yesterday of 99 passengers and 8 crew members.
Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masud being rescued by local heroes after the PIA aircraft crash in Karachi pic.twitter.com/SJuWFBGF5y
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Mohammad Zubair, a 24-year-old man, and Zafar Masud, president of the Bank of Punjab, one of the country’s largest banks, are the two miracles of the crash. « There were cries of children, adults, and the elderly, cries everywhere. Everyone was trying to survive. I opened my seat belt, saw the light, and tried to go in that direction. It worked. From there, I jumped « out of the plane, » Mohammad Zubair told the Pakistani press of his hospital bed, suffering from burns.
Air traffic control at Karachi Airport lost contact with flight PK8303 at 2:37 p.m. local time (09:37 GMT) yesterday afternoon. The plane crashed as it approached Karachi Jinnah International Airport in a second attempt to land after a go-around. According to the manufacturer Airbus, the A320 MSN 2274, equipped with CFM56-5B4 / P engines, was put into service in 2004 by China Eastern Airlines (with the registration B-6017). He then joined the PIA fleet (with AP-BLD registration) in 2014.
Arshad Malik, CEO of the Pakistani national airline, said the A320 was « on final approach » to Karachi airport when an incident occurred. « The last time we heard from the pilot, he indicated that he had a technical problem, » said Arshad Malik in a video posted on Twitter. « He was told (…) that two runways were ready for landing, but he decided to go around. » Pakistani Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah said the pilot said he « lost an engine » and then called « a distress call. »