Pakistan: Plane carrying over 100 passengers crashes in residential area

A passenger plane carrying more than 100 people has crashed in Karachi, Pakistan. The airbus was flying from Lahore to Jinnah before it went down in the Model Colony area as it began its final approach to land at Karachi airport. An official of the country’s aviation authority Abdul Sattar Khokhar confirmed the unfortunate incident, Daily Mail reported. “We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” he said. Read more.

Witnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah Internation Airport. The residential area on the edge of the airport known as Model Colony is a poor area and heavily congested.

The crash came just a few days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.