Pakistan Airlines Plane Crashes in Karachi Shortly Before Arrival

By Kurt Stolz on 22 May 2020
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A Pakistan Boeing 777 landing in London

An Airbus A320 carrying 107 passengers and crew crashed in a nearby residential area shortly before arriving atJinnah International Airport.

Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 was bound from Lahore to Karachi early Friday morning when it crashed.

There are differing reports on survivors. Some media reports coming out of Pakistan said there were no survivors, while others are reporting at least two.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control just after 2:30 p.m. local time, an airline spokesman said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter that he was “shocked & saddened” by the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown and under investigation. PIA CEO Arshad Malik said that the pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties.”

In the final seconds of the flight, the pilot tells air traffic control that they lost an engine, according to a transmission of the pilot’s exchange, posted on the website LiveATC.net.

“We are proceeding direct, sir – we have lost engine,” a pilot said.

“Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering the struggling aircraft a runway.

“Sir – mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said in one final transmission.

PIA has a checkered safety record.  Its first hull loss was in 1956, when a Douglas DC-3 flew into a mountain in poor weather, and it has experienced five crashes since 2000.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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