PIA aircraft crashes near Karachi aircraft, over 90 on board

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials confirmed the national flag carrier’s flight PK-8303 that was flying from Lahore to Karachi crashed in Model Colony. The plane crashed minutes before landing at the Karachi airport.

The passenger aircraft had 99 passengers and eight crew members on board, the officials said.

Television footage showed thick plumes of smokes rising from the crash site. Ambulances and rescue officials have arrived at the scene. A heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies has cordoned off the incident site.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops have also reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside the civil administration.

An emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of the port city due to the incident.

Several houses and vehicles were damaged as the plane hit them while crashing.