In an unfortunate incident, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in a residential area near the Karachi Airport on Friday.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the flight A-320 was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members, and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.
It was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, the report said.
Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash.
Ambulances and rescue officials arrived at the scene to help residents.
The Civil Aviation Authority sources said that its communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing.
Several houses have been damaged in the area where the aircraft crashed.
A statement by the Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the spot for carrying out rescue and relief operations alongside civil administration.
Minister of Health and Population Welfare has declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi after the incident, Dawn news quoted Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister, as saying.
Last year, a PIA aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at Gilgit airport.
On December 6, 2016, PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral, killing all on board.