PIA flight PK8303 crashes in Karachi's Model Colony

Passenger plane carrying 107 people crashes into houses in Pakistan

PIA confirmed there were 91 passengers and seven crew on board the flight, which lost contact with air traffic control just after 2:30 pm (0930 GMT) travelling from Lahore to Karachi. "The plane was not old, and (was) well-maintained", he said.

The pilot was heard transmitting a mayday to the tower shortly before the crash of Flight 8303, which was flying from Lahore to Karachi and carrying many traveling for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

It comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

One senior civil aviation official told Reuters it appeared the plane had been unable to lower its wheels for landing due to a technical fault, but it was too early to determine the cause.

There is no official confirmation of the number of survivors, but local media Geo News has said Bank of Punjab (BOP) chief executive Zafar Masud is among "multiple survivors". In the final moments before the crash, recorded on a flight tracking website, one of the pilots can be heard telling the Air Traffic Controller that they had lost both the engines, before sending the global distress message, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday". National television aired images showing clouds of black smoke billowing from the site where the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed.

The Airbus 320 crashed into a residential area near Jinnah International Airport on Friday after witnesses watched it circle the runway three times.

Flight-tracking service Flightradar24 said that the 15-year-old aircraft attempted to land at 9.05 a.m. local time, but the landing was aborted at 275 feet and it climbed back to 3,175 feet.

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Another video shows roofs of several buildings that have been ripped off, while people are seen trying to venture toward the wall of smoke. Footage showed cars on fire.

He said he is in touch with PIA Ceo Arshad Malik who is on his way to Karachi, adding "this is the priority right now".

"Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash".

The civil aviation authority said the pilot called in a mayday saying that he had lost an engine.

The airline's chairman resigned in late 2016, less than a week after the crash of an ATR-42 aircraft killed 47 people.

The premier promised that an inquiry will immediately be instituted.

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