PIA plane crash: Death toll reaches 66, rescue operation underway

PIA plane crashes near Model Colony in Karachi
Karachi: Death toll has reached 66 after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with around 100 passengers crashed near Karachi airport.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flight PK8303 took off from Lahore airport and was slated to land at Jinnah International airport when it crashed in the residential area of Model Colony in Malir, nearly 4km away from the site of incident.

Few houses and cars also damaged in the incident, besides injuring number of local residents.

The provincial health department has confirmed the casualities, adding that five of deceased have been identified. Rescue teams shifted 25 bodies to Civil Hospital while 41 deceased were brought to Jinnah Hospital.

Two passengers including Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masud miraclously survived the incident. Both are under treatment at hospitals for their injuries.

Army, Rangers and Police units have arrived at the scene. Emergency has been declared at different hospitals of Karachi. Resuce operation is still underway.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops have reached incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.

 

It said the army’s aviation helicopters have flown to the crash site for damage assessment and rescue efforts as urban search and rescue teams are also being dispatched to the site for rescue efforts.

 

 

Sindh government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has imposed emergency and has cordoned off the area.

Black box of the ill-fated flight has been retrieved from the wreckage and it has been sent for decoding.

This is a developing story.....