A rescue operation is underway in Karachi’s Model Colony locality where the PIA plane crashed.
PIA passenger flight PK 8303 carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members, was travelling from Lahore to Karachi.
The plane was scheduled to land at Jinnah International Airport when it developed some technical fault.
A few minutes before landing crashed at the locality near to the airport.
As being reported There are reports that at least five homes and some vehicles have been destroyed during the crash incident.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has declared an emergency at the airport after the incident.
According to initial reports, a few dead bodies have been retrieved from the crash site while an injured girl and a woman have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment.
There is no confirmation of casualties yet, reports suggest a few survivors have been pulled out alive but injured.
PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik informed the pilot told the control room that there was a technical issue and he decided to go around rather than land even though two runways were ready for landing.
Last minutes of conversation between Flight pilot and control tower is being circulated on social media:
The airplane made an earlier landing attempt aborted at 275 feet and climbed back to 3175 and finally last Mayday call before going down. Times here are UTC time. There was a problem onboard prior to both engine failures.
Flight #PK8303 took off from Lahore at 08:05. At 09:34 the aircraft made a landing attempt that was aborted at 275 feet and the aircraft climbed up to 3175 feet. Signal was lost at 09:40 at 525 feet.
All times are UTC.
Screenshots show take off, go around and last signal. pic.twitter.com/tOXHXZSkNr
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 22, 2020
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condoled “loss of precious lives”. “[COAS] Shares grief of bereaved families in this difficult time. COAS directed provision of full assistance to civil administration in rescue/ relief effort,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
A statement by ISPR said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Update #PIA Incident:
Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts.
Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 22, 2020