A PAKISTANI passenger plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area of the southern city of Karachi today.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from some distance away.
Rescue workers and local residents pulled people from the debris, as firefighters tried to put out the flames.
“I heard a big bang and woke up to people calling for the fire brigade,” said a Karachi resident Mudassar Ali.
Although PIA spokesman, Abdullah Hafeez, said there were 91 passengers and seven crew members on board the flight, which lost contact with air traffic control just after 2.30pm (0930 GMT), he added that it is too early to comment on the cause of the crash.
An official of Pakistani aviation authority, Abdul Sattar Khokhar, said the Airbus A320 was travelling from Lahore to Karachi. He expressed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s condolence to the families of the victims, adding that he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash.