PIA plane crashes in residential area near Karachi airport

Passenger plane carrying 107 people crashes into houses in Pakistan

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

A PIA Plane (Airbus 320) with 98 passengers on board crashed in residential area of Model Colony while landing near Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, according to officials.

The incident comes as Pakistan was slowly resuming domestic flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Ambulances were on their way to the scene.

The Pakistan Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops arrived at the crash site shortly to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts. The passenger aircraft reportedly crashed in Karachi's suburb destroying several houses and damaging cars.

Pictures and videos shared on social media show thick, black smoke engulfing the residential colony where the flight is said to have crashed.

Pakistan's Dawn website reports that Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has ordered the city's fire brigades to the crash site to begin rescue operations.

The plane PK 8303 aircraft was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members.

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