ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The PIA aircraft was flying very “easily” however whereas making an attempt to land, it “jolted” thrice after which the pilot “adroitly lifted” the plane off the bottom, solely to crash moments later, recounts Muhammad Zubair, certainly one of simply two passengers who miraculously survived the fiery crash.
Zubair was amongst 99 passengers on board the Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) Airbus A-320 plane that plunged right into a densely populated residential space close to the airport right here on Friday, killing 97 individuals, together with 9 kids.
Flight PK-8303 from Lahore crashed on the Jinnah Backyard space close to Mannequin Colony in Malir on Friday afternoon, minutes earlier than its touchdown in Karachi‘s Jinnah Worldwide Airport. Eleven individuals on the bottom have been injured.
“The aircraft was coming very easily, 8303 of PIA. My seat was 8F. When it was reaching Jinnah Worldwide Airport, the pilot introduced that ‘we’re touchdown, fasten your seat belts’. We fixed seat belts. Whereas touchdown, the aircraft jolted 3 times. Then it got here on the runway and was on it for a short time. Then I do not know what occurred, that the pilot adroitly lifted the aircraft off the bottom,” Zubair, who’s being handled for burns in a hospital in Karachi, mentioned.
“The pilot then flew the aircraft for 10 or 15 minutes. Then he once more introduced that the aircraft was touchdown. When this announcement was made, I seemed down and it appeared to me that we have been (flying) over the Malir Cantonment (space, the place it was to land. Then when it was about to land, abruptly…(it crashed),” he mentioned.
Zubair additionally gave an announcement on Friday wherein he mentioned that the aircraft began wobbling because it approached Karachi airport.
“The subsequent second there was a tough crash and I misplaced consciousness,” mentioned Zubair, including that when he wakened there was ‘smoke in all places’.
The hospital administration mentioned that Zubair confronted minor accidents and is at present underneath therapy on the burns ward.
The one different survivor of the crash was Financial institution of Punjab Chief Govt Officer Zafar Masud.
He spoke to his mom on the cellphone and knowledgeable her about his well being.
Masud sustained fractures to his hip and collar bones, the Darul Sehat Hospital’s administration mentioned, including that there have been no burn marks on his physique, however solely scratches.
In response to the hospital administration, Masud’s CT scan has been finished and his situation is out of hazard.