Breaking: PIA Airbus A320 Crashes Into Residential Area

Breaking: PIA Airbus A320 Crashes Into Residential Area
PIA Airbus A320 Crashes in Pakistan Photo: From Web

A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320-200 has crashed at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, Pakistan, during its second approach.

The Airbus A320 was performing flight PK8303 from Lahore to Karachi (Pakistan) with a total of 99 people on-board. 91 passengers and 7 crew members were on-board the aircraft.

The aircraft with registration AP-BLD, took off from Lahore at 13:00 for the one hour and 45-minute flight to Karachi. The aircraft took off on time as scheduled.

The Airbus A320 crashed into a residential area near Karachi International Airport. According to reports from Business Recorder, five homes and some vehicles have been destroyed in the crash.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an emergency before the approach. The first approach was aborted due to problems with the landing gear. The aircraft was forced to performed a go-around.

Gulf News reported that 51 of the passengers were male along with 31 females and nine children. Prior to the crash, an eyewitness told the publication that an engine was on fire prior to the crash, saying:

"I saw the PIA plane with one engine on fire and suddenly there was blast and the aircraft fell on houses in the area. At least six to eight houses are in fire while rescue teams are struggling to make way through narrow streets to rescue people."

According to a radio conversation shared on local Pakistani TV. In it the pilot can be heard saying:

"I have lost one engine, May Day, May Day."

Then the Karachi ATC informed him that both runways are available for landing. Shortly after, the contact with the plane was lost.

"However, the pilot decided to do a go-around. Why did he do that, due to what technical reason, that we will find out," said PIA CEO.

Aero World expresses its condolence to those who have lost their family and friends in the incident.