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Pakistan International Airlines passenger flight crashes in Karachi

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, CBS News captures the scene of the decimating crash landing in a neighborhood near Jinnah airport. Smoke is so heavy that it blocks out the sunlight.

A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes in Karachi. The BBC reports that dozens have died as a result. This was reported within the last hour. The pilots of flight PK803, which was an Airbus A320 that carried 91 passengers and eight crew had attempted a landing at Jinnah International Airport. The plane had attempted one landing. It went around again and lost its engines. That’s when it issued a mayday call.

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At least two passengers have been confirmed as survivors of the crash. 

Flight PK803 was given permission to land at Jinnah. Yet, the pilots chose to abort the initial landing and go around for a second time. As of the past hour, it was not yet known why this occurred. However, a civil aviation official told Reuters that it was believed the plane could not lower its undercarriage. This was also retrieved from social media images. The images show what appears to be scorching under the engines with no visible sign of the undercarriage. 

Video has likewise appeared via social media. Murtaza Ali Shah with GEO News and The News International shared footage to his Twitter. It shows a group of men carrying their delirious companion away from the impact zone. A storm cloud of debris builds in the street. Smoke and dust are on a steady rise above isolated flames. Excited voices cry out in a local dialect trying to make sense of the devastation. One man in a pair of glasses and blue shirt is seen on camera looking back in sudden, deadstop horror. Also, a man with a backpack steps into his line of vision and together they stare at the tragedy rolled out before them. Shah described this as the scene of Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masud’s rescue. Masud was carried to safety by “local heroes” directly following the PIA crash. 

From higher up, we see the plane go down, and leave a heavy plume of blooming smoke in its immediate wake. This aerial view of the crash as it happened was shared via CCTV footage by Vendank Singh to Twitter. Singh shared the tweet initially from Weather of Karachi or WOK.  

They then slowly turn away. When he leaves the focus, a branch from a green tree cascades over the chemical darkening of snarling flame.  

As news of the devastating plane crash circled the world, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi touched on the tragedy with his condolences. 

“Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan. Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured,” said Modi via Twitter. 

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Likewise from India, Member of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi offered his condolences for those lost.

“I’m sorry to hear about the air crash in Pakistan in which many lives have been lost. News of survivors is a ray of hope & I pray that there are many miraculous stories of survival tonight. My deepest condolences to the families of those who have perished,” said Gandhi via Twitter. 

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