KARACHI, Pakistan: More than 100 people were on board the Karachi-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus 320 which crashed near the Jinnah International Airport just before landing on Friday.
The plane was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members when it crashed in a residential area – Model Colony – due to a technical fault.
The PIA plane departed from Lahore at 1:00 pm and it was scheduled to arrive at Karachi at 2:45 pm. The aircraft registration number was AP-BLD Airbus A320-214.
Last Radio conv of PK8303
Control: appear to be turning left.
Pilot: we are proceeding direct we have lost engine.
Control: runway available to land at 25
Pilot: Sir Mayday Mayday Mayday Mayday Pakistan 8303
Control: 8303 roger both runways clear to land
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) May 22, 2020
Senior journalist Ansar Naqvi, President Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood, and fashion model Zara Abid were also on board the plane.
Luckily, Zafar Masood survived in the crash while the fate of the rest of passengers is yet to be ascertained.