Pakistan Plane Crash Latest Updates: Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on Nov. 1, 2019. PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted. It said “the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards, news agency AP reported.
A Pakistani plane PK 8303 with 107 onboard crashed near a residential area of Karachi, officials said on Friday.
According to Reuters, while the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which operated the plane said that there were 99 passengers and 8 crew members on board, according to civil aviation officials, the total for both may be 99.
“The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem,” PIA spokesman Abdullah H Khan said in a video statement. “It is a very tragic incident."
A report in Dawn.com quoted PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar as sayign that the Airbus jet A-320, which crashed on Friday, was flying from Lahore to Karachi.
Local TV station Geo showed crowds near the scene which appeared to be a densely populated area and ambulances trying to make their way through, Reuters said.
Dawn.com shared a series of videos on Instagram as well, which showed "plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash".
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The Pakistani army said its quick reaction force and paramilitary troops have reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
"Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban search and rescue teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts," Major General Babar Iftikhar, spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces tweeted via its official Twitter handle @OfficialDGISPR.
With inputs from Reuters
Updated Date: May 22, 2020 20:41:49 IST