A Pakistan International Airlines plane Airbus A320 carrying 107 people has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport.
It was toward the end of a routine 90-minute flight when it crashed on approach for landing, in a residential area of the country's most populated city. Several houses were damaged as the plane hit them. Smoke billows in the distance. The military quickly was sent to the scene. A heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies cordoned off the incident site. An emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of the port city. Footage posted from the scene on social media showed flames, plumes of smoke and a street filled with rubble. PIA grounded flights in March because of coronavirus, but began limited services again on May 16. International flights are not expected to resume until June 1. The number of fatalities is not yet known but Karachi major says does not expect survivors.
At least 11 dead bodies from the scene of the Karachi plane crash have been brought to Jinnah Hospital but is unclear if those were victims from the ground or from the plane. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his shock over the crash. Before the crash, the pilot reported technical problems. In a tweet, President Dr Arif Alvi expressed sorrow over the incident and prayed for the victims.