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    Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303 crashed into a residential neighborhood just short of the Karachi airport

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    A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with around 100 passengers and crew crashed on Friday in a residential area of the city of Karachi, with many feared dead, officials said.

    The state carrier said flight PK 8303 had crashed with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board, though civil aviation officials said the total for both may be 99.

    TV footage showed smoke billowing from the scene, some rooves caved in and debris scattered in streets, as ambulances rushed through chaotic crowds of people.

    The jet, which tracking website flightradar24.com identified as a 15-year-old Airbus A320, was flying from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi in the south just as Pakistan was resuming domestic flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem," PIA spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said in a video statement.

    "He was told from the final approach that both the runways were ready where he can land, but the pilot decided that he wanted to do (a) go-round ... It is a very tragic incident."

    A senior civil aviation official told Reuters it appeared the plane was unable to open its wheels due to a technical fault prior to landing, but it was to early to determine the cause.

    Pakistan's army and rescue services rushed to the site, which appeared to be a densely populated area.

    Several cars were on fire, footage showed.

    "The areoplane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses," witness Shakeel Ahmed told Reuters near the crash, just a few kilometres short of the airport.

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    A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were at least two survivors from the plane, and it was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt, with at least five houses destroyed.

    The pilot of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 was heard transmitting a mayday to the tower shortly before the crash of the Airbus A320, which was flying from Lahore to Karachi and carrying many traveling for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low with flames shooting from one of its engines.

    The plane crashed about 2:39 p.m. northeast of Jinnah International Airport in the poor and congested residential area known as Model Colony between houses that were smashed by its wings. Police in protective masks struggled to clear away crowds amid the smoke and dust so ambulances and firetrucks could reach the crash site.

    As darkness fell, crews worked under floodlights, and a portable morgue was set up. At least 57 bodies were recovered, health department officials said, and PIA chairman Arshad Malik said finding all the dead could take two to three days.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakista...-men-survived/

    Investigators are combing through the wreckage at the scene of a deadly plane crash in Pakistan that occurred early Friday morning. An Airbus jet with nearly 100 people on board went down in a residential neighborhood in the city of Karachi — and at least two survived.

    It was a scene of horror as the Airbus, caught on security camera, crashed into the neighborhood. Rescuers found bank president Zafar Masood in the wreckage. Masood only suffered fractures.

    Fellow passenger Muhammad Zubair also survived. "The plane caught fire… I unfastened my seat belt and saw light," he said from his hospital bed.

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    It hit FIVE houses. What a nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    It hit FIVE houses. What a nightmare.
    I lived in Karachi in the early 90's. I am surprised it ONLY hit 5 houses. The population density was crazy, and that was almost 30 years ago, and this particular area was especially dense. I am surprised that there weren't a ton of deaths from people on the ground. To be honest, I wonder if they even know at this point how many were killed/injured on the ground, or if it's just too big of a flaming mess still to tell?

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakista...final-moments/

    When the plane jolted violently, Mohammad Zubair thought it was turbulence. Then the pilot came on the intercom to warn that the landing could be "troublesome."

    Moments later, the Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed into a crowded neighborhood near Karachi's international airport, killing 97 people, all of whom are believed to be passengers and crew members. Zubair was one of just two surviving passengers.
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    Mohammad Zubair, a passenger who survived a plane crash, is visited by relatives at his home in Karachi, Pakistan, May 23, 2020. Fareed Khan / AP

    Meeran Yousaf, the provincial Health Department spokeswoman, said only 21 of the bodies from Friday's crash have been identified and that most of the bodies were badly burned. Eight people on the ground were injured. Three remained hospitalized and all residents are accounted for, she said.

    The plane crashed at 2:39 p.m. near Jinnah International Airport, in the poor and congested residential area known as Model Colony. PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafiz Khan said the aircraft destroyed or heavily damaged 18 homes.
    In a telephone interview from his hospital bed, Zubair, a mechanical engineer, said flight PK8303 had taken off on time from the eastern city of Lahore at 1 p.m. It was a smooth, uneventful flight until the aircraft began its descent near Karachi shortly before 3 p.m.

    He said the aircraft made three attempts to land, once seeming to almost land and then take off again.

    "Suddenly the plane jerked violently, once and then again," said Zubair. The aircraft turned and the pilot's voice came over the intercom. They were experiencing engine trouble and the landing could be "troublesome," the pilot said. That was the last thing Zubair remembered until he woke up in a scene of chaos.

    "I saw so much smoke and fire. I heard people crying, children crying."

    He crawled his way out of the smoke and rubble, and was eventually pulled from the ground and rushed into an ambulance.

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    I survived a fatal 4-vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer and it freaked me out. I can't imagine surviving a plane crash. It would blow my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    I survived a fatal 4-vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer and it freaked me out. I can't imagine surviving a plane crash. It would blow my mind.
    I agree. I can't even imagine what you went through either.

    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/paki...report-2234664

    The pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)'s crashed plane ignored three warnings from the air traffic controllers about the aircraft's altitude and speed before the landing, saying he was satisfied and would handle the situation, according to a report on Monday.
    The Airbus A-320 from Lahore to Karachi was 15 nautical miles from the Jinnah International Airport, flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet above the ground instead of 7,000 when the Air Traffic Control (ATC) issued its first warning to lower the plane''s altitude, Geo News quoted an ATC report as saying.

    Instead of lowering the altitude, the pilot responded by saying that he was satisfied. When only 10 nautical miles were left till the airport, the plane was at an altitude of 7,000 feet instead of 3,000 feet, it said.

    The ATC issued a second warning to the pilot to lower the plane's altitude. However, the pilot responded again by stating that he was satisfied and would handle the situation, saying he was ready for landing, the report said.

    The report said that the plane had enough fuel to fly for two hours and 34 minutes, while its total flying time was recorded at one hour and 33 minutes.

    Pakistani investigators are trying to find out if the crash is attributable to a pilot error or a technical glitch.

    According to a report prepared by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the plane''s engines had scraped the runway thrice on the pilot''s first attempt to land, causing friction and sparks recorded by the experts.

    When the aircraft scraped the ground on the first failed attempt at landing, the engine's oil tank and fuel pump may have been damaged and started to leak, preventing the pilot from achieving the required thrust and speed to raise the aircraft to safety, the report said.

    The pilot made a decision "on his own" to undertake a "go-around" after he failed to land the first time. It was only during the go-around that the ATC was informed that landing gear was not deploying, it said.
    That doesn't sound good at all.

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