Plane crashed in Pakistan carrying 98 people on board – authorities

Initially, the authorities had informed that 99 passengers and eight crew members were traveling on board the aircraft, but meanwhile they clarified that there were 91 passengers and seven crew members.

Karachi's Mayor, Wasim Akhtar, said everyone on board would have died, but Pakistani civil aviation authorities later said they believed there were at least two survivors.

Local television stations, for their part, are reporting that at least six passengers, who were flying in the front row of the plane, may have survived, having already been rescued by rescue teams.

PIA's Airbus A320 tried to land two or three times before crashing into a residential area near Jinnah international airport, having destroyed at least five or six houses, according to Akhtar.

The airworthiness information reveals that the plane last received a check on November 1, 2019, having received proof of being able to fly.

Police and soldiers are trying to isolate the area of ​​the accident, where many people came with curiosity to understand the scale of the tragedy.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan used his Twitter account to mourn the accident, saying he was “shocked and sad” and promising an immediate inquiry into the circumstances of the tragedy.

The catastrophe comes a few days after Pakistan has authorized the resumption of domestic commercial flights. For more than a month, domestic calls were suspended to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and there were rare international flights.

The worst road accident in Pakistan in recent years occurred in 2010. An Airbus 321 from the private company Airblue, flying from Karachi to Islamabad, crashed into the hills just before landing in the capital, killing the 152 people on board.

RJP (FPA / PAL / PCR) // FPA

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