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Many feared dead after plane crash in Pakistan residential city

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A plane crash has been reported in a residential area close to the airport in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi. 

According to reports, the pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines plane was trying to land at Jinnah International Airport but lost control of the plane when the disaster occured.

The plane bearing the Flight identification, PK8303 was carrying 91 passengers and eight crew.

Provincial health officials disclosed that at least 37 fatalities have been recorded, but a far higher death toll is feared. 

Health officials in Sindh, the province of the plane crash revealed that 37 bodies had so far been brought to the Jinnah and Civic hospitals, but it was unknown whether they were passengers or residents.

Prior to the plane crash, the pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a ‘mayday’.

 PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said the pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties”.

Pakistan’s Dunya News said it had obtained a recording of the air traffic control conversation, also posted on monitoring website liveatc.net. In the purported recording, the pilot says the plane has “lost two engines”. Several seconds later he calls “mayday, mayday, mayday” – the final communication from the plane.

It is yet to be ascertained the actual number of deaths or casualties of the plane crash as rescue operations are still underway. However,there is a positive news that some of the passengers of the plane survived. Some of the known survivors of the crash include Bank of Punjab president, Zafar Masud and two others identified as. Muhammad Zubair and Tahira Mahmood.

Reacting to the plane crash disaster, Pakistan’s prime Minister, Imran Khan stated his shock and sadness over the sorrowful incident, he offered his condolence to families and loved ones of the victims and promised there would be an immediate and thorough investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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