Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say.

Flight PK8303, which was carrying around 91 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports.

The plane, an Airbus A320, was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km north-east of Jinnah International Airport.

Pakistan’s army said soldiers from its quick reaction force had reached the crash site to help rescue efforts.

The cause of the crash is yet to be confirmed.

The pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties” said PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed how “shocked and saddened” by the crash, promising an immediate investigation.

 

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