Jet crashes mo­ments be­fore land­ing at air­port in Karachi

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IS­LAM­ABAD : A Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) Air­bus A-320, on a flight orig­i­nat­ing from La­hore, crashed into a densely pop­u­lated Karachi neigh­bour­hood near the air­port on Fri­day af­ter­noon and erupted into a fire­ball, killing most of the 107 pas­sen­gers and crew on board, but leav­ing at least two con­firmed sur­vivors.

Res­cue work­ers scoured the wreck­age of the air­craft and sifted through gut­ted and dam­aged build­ings in the neigh­bour­hood look­ing for more likely sur­vivors or bod­ies, in­clud­ing of res­i­dents who may have per­ished.

PAK­ISTAN

The air­craft, which made two ap­proaches ahead of land­ing, ini­tially re­ported a prob­lem with its land­ing gear.

On its sec­ond ap­proach, the pi­lot in­formed air traf­fic con­trol that the plane’s en­gines had failed.

He then gave the dis­tress “May­day” call as the air­craft veered off its flight path and de­scended rapidly into the Model Colony neigh­bour­hood be­fore crash­ing, as seen on video footage shared by a per­son who cap­tured it us­ing his cell­phone.

As the plane crashed into a row of houses, it erupted into a fire­ball that may have killed res­i­dents of the area. “We are now fo­cus­ing on res­cue ef­forts so we don’t know the ex­act death toll,” said provin­cial min­is­ter of Sindh Nasir Shah. Shah said that at this stage it was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine who may have been on board the plane or who may have been a res­i­dent of the area.

By 8pm, at least 40 peo­ple were con­firmed dead.

AP

Res­cue work­ers look for sur­vivors at the site of the plane crash in Karachi on Fri­day.

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