On Friday 22nd May, the PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) flight PK-8303 from Lahore to Karachi crashed just moments before landing in a residential area near the Jinnah International Airport.
Some sources claim that there were 99 people aboard the airplane while others claim that there were 107. Out of all of them, only two passengers have survived the tragedy, including the BOP (Bank of Punjab)’s chief executive, Zafar Masud, who is reported to be stable after being taken to the hospital. So far, there have been 92 confirmed casualties and it is not known yet as to how many of them were passengers or the residents of Jinnah Garden, where the plane crashed.
The Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident, following the Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s, promise to investigate the matter right away. Family members of the deceased are being provided a mode of transportation to Karachi, where they will be accommodated by the airport hotel.
The Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail, has instructed PIA’s chairman to provide shelter to the residents whose houses were damaged as a result of the plane crash, claiming that PIA will take full responsibility for the incident and its affectees.
Apparently, after being unable to land on the runway, the pilot stated that they were turning back and had lost both engines. Currently, it is unclear as to why the pilot decided to turn around despite the clearing of two of the Karachi airport’s southwest runaways for the aircraft. It is reported that after turning back, the pilot called ‘Mayday’, which marked the end of all communication from the flight.
This is an extremely tragic event because the majority of the passengers on board were traveling to celebrate Eid, an Islamic celebration, with their families after two months of lockdown. May God enshroud the victims and their families in His mercy.