A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane traveling from Lahore to Karachi has crashed close to Karachi airport, the civil aviation agency has said.
The Airbus A320 was carrying 107 passengers and crew from Lahore.
An Airbus A320 carrying more than 100 people has crashed into a residential area near the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, the country’s civil aviation agency says.
“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the aviation authority.
A spokesperson for the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Abdul Sattar told the newspaper Dawn that flight PK 8303 was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members.
The plane had been due to land at Jinnah international airport from the eastern city of Lahore, a journey that normally takes about 90 minutes.
There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties. Witnesses said the plane appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing near the airport.
Local media said a rescue operation was underway and emergency workers had arrived at the scene.
The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.