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Passenger airplane crashes close to Karachi airport in Pakistan

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A view of the flag of Pakistan on a passenger airplane of the airline PIA, Pakistan Worldwide Airline.

Emeric Fohlen/NurPhoto through Getty Pictures

A Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) passenger airplane crashed Friday close to the Jinnah Worldwide Airport in Karachi, in response to the civil aviation authority.

The airplane operated by the state-owned airline, reportedly an Airbus A320, was touring from Lahore and was on account of land on the airport in Karachi. There have been 107 individuals on board (99 passengers with eight crew members), in response to the aviation authority.

The crash reportedly occurred in a residential space of the town known as Mannequin Colony, a neighborhood round 2 miles northeast of Jinnah Worldwide Airport. “The airplane PK 8303 with 99 passengers and eight crew members has crashed,” stated a spokesman for the nationwide service, in response to Reuters.

Local media said houses had been damaged and reported that the military’s Fast Response Power had arrived on the crash web site to help with rescue efforts. Social media footage, unverified by CNBC, confirmed black plumes of smoke rising from a row of homes.

Pakistan began permitting some home flights from Could 16, following the disruption attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. Worldwide flights are nonetheless reportedly grounded.

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

“Am in contact with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & reduction groups on floor as that is the precedence proper now. Instant inquiry shall be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to households of the deceased,” he stated.

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