An Airbus plane with 99 on board crashed into a residential area of the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday (May 22) while on approach to the airport, with at least one passenger surviving but many others feared dead, officials said.
Seemin Jamali, executive director at the nearby Jinnah Hospital, said at least eight dead bodies and six injured people had been brought in. There were no estimates of casualties on the ground in the area where the plane crashed.
Smoke billowed from the scene where the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight came down, some roofs had caved in, and debris lay scattered in streets as ambulances rushed through chaotic crowds.
At least one passenger on fight PK 8303, a banker, survived and spoke to officials in hospital, provincial government spokesman Abdur Rashid Channa said.
The CEO of Pakistan International Airlines on Friday confirmed that the last message the airline had received from the pilot was to report a technical problem.
The Airbus A320 was flying from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi in the south just as Pakistan was resuming domestic flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the aircraft tracking website FlightRadar24.
The pilot told air traffic controllers the plane had lost engine power, according to liveatc.net, which has released aircraft recordings in the past.
(Production: Paul Warren and Ben Dadswell)