President Ghani condoles loss of lives in Pakistan Airlines crash

KABUL: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 flying from Lahore has crashed in the densely populated Model Colony residential area of Karachi yesterday.

Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, was trying to land at Jinnah International Airport.

President Ghani in a tweet said: “My heart goes out to the families of victims who lost their lives in the PIA plane crash in Karachi. I offer my sincere commiserations to the people and the government of Pakistan. Afghans stand with you in this moment of grief.”

Local health officials confirmed at least 37 fatalities, but a far higher death toll is feared. At least two passengers survived.

The pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a mayday.

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TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of Model Colony, 3.2km (two miles) north-east of the airport. A number of houses were destroyed.

The plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT), an airline spokesman said.

The crash came just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown.

Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

The Kabul Times

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