Pakistani plane carrying 107 people crashes into buildings in Karachi. 107 people are fear dead after a plane crashed into houses leaving many people in shock.
A plane carrying about 107 passengers and crew has crashed into houses near an airport in Karachi, Pakistan.
According to Metro UK, the Pakistan International Airlines flight was on its final approach to Karachi Airport when it went down in a residential neighbourhood, according to reports.
Videos on social media show huge billows of smoke rising into the air from the crash site. Emergency services are at the scene, not causalities have been confirmed.
Flight PK8303, which was carrying around 91 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest.
Pictures showed a scene of devastation in the Model Colony residential area.
Emergency services have arrived. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.
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The plane, an Airbus A320, was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km (two miles) north-east of Jinnah International Airport.
A spokesman for PIA said the plane had lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT).
The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown.
Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.
What is Pakistan’s safety record like?
Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, including a number of airliner crashes.
In 2010, an aircraft operated by private airline Airblue crashed near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board – the deadliest air disaster in Pakistani history.
In 2012, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan’s Bhoja Air crashed in bad weather on its approach to land in Rawalpindi, killing all 121 passengers and six crew.
And in 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames while travelling from northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing 47 people.