The PK-8303 flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PAI) crashed into residential areas in Karachi city, according to Reuters news agency.
Flight PK-8303 of Pakistan International Airlines (PAI) has just landed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi City, according to news agency. Reuters.
According to the initial report, the Airbus A-320 aircraft carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members en route from Lahore to Karachi suddenly had an accident due to a technical problem.
The Pakistani military said the rapid-response force had arrived at the site of the accident to rescue efforts alongside civilian authorities.
A number of photos and videos recorded on the scene show black smoke rising, a few houses were destroyed.
There have been no reports of casualties yet. Pakistan’s Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency at all major hospitals in Karachi.
Last year, a PIA plane slipped off the runway when landing at Gilgit airport, fortunately the passengers and crew were safe despite the heavy damage.
In 2016, PIA aircraft carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on their way from Aslamabad to Chitral, killing all people on board.
* Updated May 23: Reuters news agency later confirmed the plane carried 99 people on board, including 91 passengers and eight crew members.