A passenger plane crashed in Pakistan carrying more than 90 passengers and 7 crew members travelling from Lahore to Karachi. The Airbus A320 crashed just before landing. It tried to land 2-3 times before crashing in a residential area near the airport. The rescue operations are underway.
In a tweet, the Pakistan Prime Minister said he is shocked and saddened by the plane crash, and he’s in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik. He ordered for the immediate inquiry of the case.
Pakistani newspaper Dawn quoted Saad Edhi, spokesperson of the Edhi Foundation which runs a charitable ambulance network, as saying that they have shifted at least 35 bodies from the site of the crash to different hospitals.
Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator for the Sindh health minister, confirmed to Dawn.com that three passengers had survived and were brought to hospitals.
Disturbing visuals that came in after the crash showed black bloom of smoke coming out of the residential area. Many houses are completely destroyed.
According to reports, the pilot reported technical issues to the control tower, and both runways were open before the plane crashed.