A passenger plane crash occurred in Pakistan, which carried more than 100 people. Reporting from AFP the Pakistani aviation authority said, the plane crashed in the city of Karachi on Friday (05/22/2020).
The picture shown on Pakistan’s national TV shows that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights crashed into a residential area. Thick black smoke billowed from the crash site.
“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 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.
In 2016, a Pakistani International Airlines plane caught fire after one of its two turboprop engines malfunctioned while flying from the north to Islamabad. This incident killed more than 40 people.
PIA, one of the leading airlines in the world until the 1970s, has now lost its reputation due to frequent cancellations, delays, and financial problems. The airline has also been involved in various controversies over the years. Including imprisoning a drunk pilot in the UK in 2013.
This accident occurred when Pakistanis prepared to celebrate the end of Ramadan and welcomed Eid. Many Pakistanis travel back to their homes in cities and villages.