Dozens of people have been killed after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger jet crashed Friday in the Pakistani city of Karachi, according to Health Minister Azra Fazal and sources in the region that spoke to SaraACarter.com. An investigation into the deadly crash is underway, Pakistani officials said Friday.
According to the airline’s CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik the flight from Lahore was carrying 99 passengers, which included seven crew members. The PIA flight 8303 crashed near Jinnah International Airport Karachi. It did not hit any buildings, according to the airline officials who spoke to reporters in Karachi Friday.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Iram Khan issued an official statement on Twitter saying, he is “shocked and saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on the ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate Inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
“Air travel is the safest. PIA’s pilots and engineers follow SOPs [standard operating procedures] and are highly qualified A320 is one of the safest planes in the industry,” he said. Malik could not yet confirm why the accident took place, adding there is an ongoing investigation.
All bereaved families of PIA tragedy may contact the following numbers of the PIA, CAA and Commissoner Karachi : 021 99242284
— Commissioner Karachi (@CommissionerKhi) May 22, 2020
According to sources who spoke to this reporter from Pakistan, 66 people have been confirmed dead, while three so far have survived.
In the video below, which was shared with reporter by ISTV Pakistan, shows the PIA plane coming into view from the right side of the screen before crashing into the city.
The Sindh health department is monitoring the crisis, according to reports. Malik told reporters that the airline was tracking the number of dead by coordinating with local hospitals.