BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) stated and confirmed that one of its passenger planes with 107 people on board crashed today while trying to land at Karachi Airport.
A PIA spokesman told reporters that the Airbus A320 was carrying 99 passengers and an eight-person crew en route to Karachi from Lahore when it crashed near Jinnah International Airport.
According to the PIA statement, the stricken flight bore the number PK-8303.
Lahore-Karachi bound PIA plane crashes near Malir Cantt. pic.twitter.com/4BbV6A5YR8
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The plane reportedly crashed into a residential area in the Model Colony area, creating concerns of more casualties among the locals.
The Pakistani authorities did not specify if there were any survivors.
The News International of Pakistan confirmed that several buildings were damaged by the plane crash, indicating that the security forces rushed to the site of the accident, but that the rescue work is faltering due to the narrow streets of the region.