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12.49 22 May 2020


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Over 100 people are believed to have been on board a passenger plane that crashed in Pakistan this morning.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet was reportedly on its final approach to Jinnah International airport in Karachi when it came down in residential area nearby.

A spokesman for the airline said it was carrying 99 passengers and seven crew.

It is believed the pilot reported a technical fault minutes before the Airbus A320 crashed. Air traffic control reportedly informed the pilot that both runways were available.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash.

“I am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi and [is] with the rescue and relief teams on the ground as this is the priority right now,” he said.

“Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”

The plane was on a domestic journey from the city of Lahore when it came down.


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