Pakistan Airlines plane with 107 on board crashes in Karachi

2020-05-22 at 17:16

A Pakistan International Airlines plane, with 107 on board crashes in Karachi.

The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports.

Pictures shared on social media show smoke rising from the crash site, a residential area in Karachi. Emergency services have arrived at the scene, where homes have been damaged.

The spokesman for Pakistan’s aviation authority said the plane crashed in Karachi and they are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members.

The plane was about to land when it crashed.

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

The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown.