A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in a residential area near the Karachi Airport on Friday, an official has confirmed.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash and added that the flight, A-320, was carrying 107 passengers and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.
The PIA Airbus A-320 carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members has crashed landed into the Jinnah housing society located near the airport, a spokesperson of the national airline said.
“The captain informed the air traffic tower he was having problems with the landing gear before disappearing from the radar,” he said.
The PIA aircraft was flown by Captain Sajjad Gul.
A resident of the colony who witnessed the crash told the local media that the aircraft had fire coming from its wings which crashed into rooftops of some houses before it crash landed.
The Civil Aviation Authority sources said that its communication with the plane was cut off one minute before its landing.
Several houses have been damaged in the area where the aircraft crashed.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock and grief over the plane crash and said an immediate inquiry would be launched. With IANS ,PTI inputs