Karachi: A PIA passenger plane coming from Lahore to Karachi crashed on the population near Karachi Airport. The plane was carrying 91 passengers and seven crew members, of whom 96 were confirmed dead and two survived.
According to Express News, a PIA passenger plane was coming from Lahore to Karachi when it crashed in a residential colony in Model Town area adjacent to Jinnah International Airport shortly before landing. The crash also destroyed several houses, triggering a stampede in the area.
The crashed flight was operated exclusively on the occasion of Eid. The flight took off at 1:10 pm and reached Karachi on time, however, the flight lost contact with the control room just moments before landing.
The plane crashed at 2:25 p.m.
According to the footage received from the plane crash, the plane crashed at 2:25 p.m.
Transfer of bodies to Jinnah and Civil Hospital
According to Sindh Health Department, 96 people have been confirmed dead in the plane crash. The bodies and injured are being shifted to Jinnah and Civil Hospital. So far 44 bodies have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital and 32 bodies to Civil Hospital.
Two lucky passengers miraculously survived
Two passengers miraculously survived the accident and were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi and Darul Sahat Hospital where both are out of danger.
According to Sindh Health Department spokesperson Miran Yousaf, 25-year-old Muhammad Zubair and Bank of Punjab President Zafar Mahmood are lucky survivors who were rushed to the hospital by rescue teams.
Zafar Mehmood has been admitted to Darul Sahat Hospital while Mohammad Zubair has been shifted to Dr Rath Fau Civil Hospital Karachi and both are out of danger. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah visited Bank of Punjab President Zafar Mahmood, who survived the plane crash, at a private hospital.
He added that a woman named Almas Tahir, who was admitted to the CMH hospital, was thought to have been on board the plane but survived, but later found out that she was not on board. There are residents of Model Colony who were injured in the plane crash.
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According to a PIA spokesman, the plane was not very old and was about 10 to 11 years old. The plane was fully maintained, so it would be premature to say anything about a technical glitch.
PIA emergency call center active
According to a PIA spokesperson, PIA's emergency call center has been activated and PIA's operational employees have been called on duty and information will be shared with the media as soon as it is received.
According to civil aviation sources, civil aviation stopped air operations after the plane crash in Karachi, PIA stopped air operations from different cities Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.
The pilot called air traffic "May Day."
According to sources, the plane suffered a technical malfunction and the tires of the plane were not opening shortly before landing, while the pilot of the plane had also called the traffic control 'May Day'.
An audio recording of the last contact between the pilot and the traffic control tower also came to light, in which the pilot reported an engine failure and later made a 'May Day' call, telling the control tower that two runs had been made for the plane to land. They are available, but the plane could not be reconnected.
The ill-fated plane had 91 passengers and seven crew members on board. According to sources, the captain of the plane is Sajjad Gul and the crew includes Usman Azam, Farid Ahmed, Abdul Qayyum Ashraf, Malik Irfan Rafiq, Asma and Anam Maqsood.
Scenes from seconds before the plane crash
Crew members aboard
The passengers of the ill-fated plane crash included well-known fashion model Zara Abid from Showbiz and Ansar Naqvi, director of programming at a private TV channel.
The lucky airhostess of the ill-fated plane
The airhostess named Madiha Iram was supposed to go on duty in the plane but at the same time the duty roster was changed and Madiha Iram was stopped. In place of Madiha Iram, airhostess Anam Maqsood was sent in the plane and Anam Maqsood died in the unfortunate plane.
Emergency imposed in hospitals
After the accident, a heavy contingent of Rangers and police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area while fire brigade personnel were also present to put out the fire. Rescue operations are hampered by the rush.
The provincial health minister declared an emergency in Karachi hospitals after the plane crash and directed that there should be no delay in the treatment of the injured.
DG ISPR said that Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers have reached Sindh, Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh youth have reached the spot who will assist the civil administration in relief activities.
President, Prime Minister and Army Chief express regret
President Arif Ali, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa have expressed their sorrow over the plane crash and offered condolences to the affected families.
Dr. Arif Alvi expressed his sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the accident and expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family while praying for the high status of those killed in the accident and speedy recovery of the injured.
Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the concerned agencies to provide relief, rescue and immediate medical aid to the injured while ordering immediate investigation of the plane crash and said that he was in touch with PIA Chief Executive Officer Arshad Malik who was in Karachi. Departed
PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik left for Karachi on a PAF plane. He expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sudden accident.
According to a PIA spokesperson, the PIA's emergency call center has been activated and PIA's operational employees have been called on duty so that information can be shared with the media.
According to Pakistan Navy spokesman, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives in the plane crash. The Naval Chief directed the Pakistan Navy field commands in Karachi to extend full support to the civil administration in the relief work. According to the spokesperson, four fire tenders of the Pakistan Navy and relief team along with other agencies are participating in the relief activities.
List of passengers on board