A flight operated by Pakistan International Airlines was carrying 107 people on board when it crashed into a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Karachi on Friday, May 22. According to a mayday call from the pilot, the plane suffered engine failure.
There are varying reports on how many people, if any, survived the crash with numbers ranging from two to five.
The airline had resumed flights one week ago after a brief shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“A passenger plane with 107 people aboard, belonging to state-run airline Pakistani International Airlines, crashes in a residential neighborhood near Karachi,” the Associated Press reported. “Pakistani civil aviation officials say at least two people survived the crash of a domestic flight near Karachi that had 107 passengers and crew on board. Karachi’s mayor had earlier said all those on board had died.”
Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses were destroyed in the neighborhood.
A transcript of the call between the pilot and air traffic control was posted to the website LiveATC.net.
“We are proceeding direct, sir — we have lost engine,” a pilot said.
“Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering a runway.
“Sir – mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said before the transmission ended.
Additional videos on social media show the shocking aftermath of the crash.
— Shakthi Vadakkepat (@v_shakthi) May 22, 2020
— Uman Malik (@Uman3322) May 22, 2020
This is aftermath Airbus A320-214 of #Pakistan International Airlines (#PIA) with AP-BLD resgister in #Karachi today. It crashed in approach in residential area located near Jinnah International Airport resulting death of its 99 passengers & 8 flight crew. pic.twitter.com/59kjhXv2Vy
— Darren F. Wilson (@DWilson2121) May 22, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to all of those who lost loved ones and those impacted by the horrific crash during this difficult time.
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