Pakistan plane with over 100 onboard crashes minutes before landing at Karachi

Volunteers carry an injured person at the site of a plane crash in Karachi Pakistan Friday

While the country's army tweeted that troops had reached the site to conduct relief-and-rescue efforts.

However, an initial investigation report suggested that multiple birds collided with the plane, Geo News said.

"The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem", PIA spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said in a video statement.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority sources said its communication was cut off with the plane a minute before it was supposed to land.

The deadliest air disaster on Pakistani soil was in 2010, when an Airbus A321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into the hills outside Islamabad as it came into land, killing all 152 people on board.

"No-one was aware that the plane was about to crash; they were flying the plane in a smooth manner", he said. An estimated 99 people were said to be on board, including 91 passengers and 8 crew members.

The Airbus A320 crashed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport, destroying at least five or six houses.

The crash comes just a week after Pakistan resumed flights which had been grounded over a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pilot was informed that two airports were available for landing he chose to go for a round and crashed.

The Toronto Pakistani community is mourning victims aboard a domestic airliner that crashed in a Karachi residential neighbourhood Friday.

Volunteers carry the dead body of a plane crash victim at the site of a crash in Karachi Pakistan Friday
Volunteers carry the dead body of a plane crash victim at the site of a crash in Karachi Pakistan Friday

Pakistan has a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.

A resident of the area, Abdul Rahman, said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times, appearing to try to land before it crashed into several houses.

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Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash.

The newspaper said a rescue operation was underway and emergency workers had arrived at the scene.

Pakistan International's chairman resigned in late 2016, less than a week after the crash of an ATR 42 turboprop killed 47 people.

The Sindh region's Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited Masud at the Darul Sehat Hospital in Karachi and had a brief talk with him, reports said.

The incident occurred on a day when Pakistan's interior ministry announced Eid holidays from May 22 to May 27.

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