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Photos: Tragic scenes from PIA flight PK8303 crash in Karachi

Photos: Tragic scenes from PIA flight PK8303 crash in Karachi

Airbus reportedly crashed during the second attempt to land at Karachi airport

Pakistani officials confirmed that 97 were killed and two survived when a passenger plane crashed into a residential area near the airport in Karachi on Friday.

The bodies of the passengers and crew killed had been recovered from the site near the city’s airport, the Sindh Health Ministry said. The rescue operation ended in the early hours of Saturday.

The aircraft arriving from Lahore was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members, PIA spokesperson said. At least five or six houses were destroyed in the crash.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. Photo: AFP

Plumes of smoke were sent into the air as rescuers and residents searched for survivors and firefighters tried to extinguish the flames.

Sarfraz Ahmed, a firefighter at the crash site, said the nose of the Airbus A320 and the fuselage had been heavily damaged by the impact.

A PIA Airbus jet with 99 people aboard crashed into a crowded residential district of the city of Karachi on Friday afternoon after twice trying to land at the airport. Photo: AFP
A PIA Airbus jet with 99 people aboard crashed into a crowded residential district of the city of Karachi on Friday afternoon after twice trying to land at the airport. Photo: AFP

After a failed first landing attempt, the pilot announced to passengers he was going to make a second attempt, then crashed as he approached the runway.

One of the survivors, Mohammad Zubair, 24, told media that “After the plane hit and I regained consciousness, I saw fire everywhere and no one was visible. There were only screams.”

Police spray water on part of PIA flight PK 8303 in Karachi. Photo: AFP
Police spray water on part of PIA flight PK 8303 in Karachi. Photo: AFP

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been recovered from the site of the plane crash in Karachi, an airline spokesman said.

Security personnel search for victims in the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFPSecurity personnel search for victims in the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFP
Security personnel search for victims in the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFP
Security personnel search for victims in the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFP

The disaster comes as Pakistanis prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr when many travel back to their homes in cities and villages.

Responding to the crash, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened.”

A firefighter tries to put out fire caused by plane crash in Karachi on May 22. Photo: AP

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