Aircraft with over 100 people on board crashes in Karachi

An aircraft from Pakistan International Airlines with 107 people on board crashed Friday in a residential area in Karachi. A company spokesman said the aircraft had a technical problem.

The crash took place in a densely populated residential area in Karachi, Pakistan. The company Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft carried 107 people aboard, the Pakistani Aviation Authority said on Friday, May 22. They had started in Lahore, the country’s second city.

Pictures from public television show pictures of the plane that crashed. PIA said that Flight PK 8303 carried 99 passengers

and eight crew members.

A technical problem

“The last time the pilot spoke, he said he had a technical problem,” a company spokesman said in a video message. According to a civil aviation official interviewed by Reuters, the aircraft appears to be unable to distribute the landing gear. However, he considered it premature to determine with certainty the cause of the disaster.

The Pakistani military tweeted that it had sent a rapid response force and paramilitary elements to the scene of the accident. Pictures posted on Twitter show firefighters and rescue personnel removing the pieces of the aircraft carcass, which exploded in the middle of the homes.

Pakistan’s flight safety record mixed

The disaster comes just days after the country approved the resumption of domestic commercial flights. Domestic connections had been suspended for more than a month to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Very few international flights had been maintained.

Pakistan has a mixed record of aviation safety, with frequent crashes of civilian and military aircraft and helicopters over the years. The latest major air crash in Pakistan dates back to December 2016, when an aircraft by the national company PIA that conducted an internal flight crashed in the mountainous northern country and killed 47 people.

The deadliest crash in recent years in Pakistan dates back to 2010. An Airbus 321 from private Airblue, flying from Karachi to Islamabad, crashed in the mountains just before landing in the capital, killing 152 people on board. .

With AFP and Reuters