The accident occurred just days after Pakistan allowed commercial flights to resume. After being suspended during the corona virus lockdown. Pakistan has a relatively poor record of military and civil aviation safety, with frequent aircraft and helicopter accidents over the years.
The Pakistan Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft with 99 passengers and 8 crew members crashed in Karachi, Pakistan. The Pakistani Ministry revealed that flight number PK8303 took off from Lahore and was scheduled to land at 02.30 local time in Karachi.
Quoted from CNN, Pakistan Airlines Spokesman Abdullah Khan revealed the plane was missing from the radar and emergency response processes have been activated. This incident occurred in the middle of Pakistan which began opening domestic flights amid the corona pandemic.
Thissecond aircraft accident for a Pakistani aircraft carrier in less than four years.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers, initially 99 passengers and 8 crew members,” said Abdul Sattar Khokhar. A spokesman for the Pakistani aviation authority, adding that the flight departed from Lahore.
Khokhar added that the aircraft was of the Airbus A320 type and was on its way to Karachi. The Pakistani military later tweeted that security forces had been deployed to the scene. And helicopters were used to survey the damage and assist rescue operations.
The airline chief resigned at the end of 2016. Less than a week after the crash of the ATR-42 plane killed 47 people.
CAA representatives have not confirmed the number of victims and said the authorities were awaiting further information.