Plane with over 100 people on board crashes into homes in Pakistan

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As reported by Sky News, a Pakistan International Airlines plane with more than 100 people on board has crashed into homes in the city of Karachi - the country's largest city.

The crash comes just days after Pakistan once again allowed commercial flights to resume.

In the last hour, Journalist Mansoor Ali Khan shared footage from the crash site with his 1.9 million Twitter followers. He also wrote: "Let’s all pray for the passengers as well the people who were on the ground in this plane crash. Every life counts."

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A PIA spokesperson has said in a video statement: "The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem. It is a very tragic incident."

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has tweeted in response to the tragedy: "Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased."

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Local news reports have said that the state-run airline's Airbus A320 was traveling from Pakistan's capital Lahore.

The state carrier has reported that flight PK 8303 had crashed with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board.

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However, it is feared there may be more casualties as the plane came down on houses in the Model Colony area in the city.

Per the Metro, Resident Abdul Rahman said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times, appearing to try to land at the airport before it crashed into several houses. Police and military had cordoned off the area.

A spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces tweeted that helicopters were being used in the search and rescue effort and that paramilitary troops had reached the site, alongside civil administration.

This is a developing story, more to follow...

Plane with over 100 people on board crashes into homes in Pakistan

vt-author-image

By VT

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As reported by Sky News, a Pakistan International Airlines plane with more than 100 people on board has crashed into homes in the city of Karachi - the country's largest city.

The crash comes just days after Pakistan once again allowed commercial flights to resume.

In the last hour, Journalist Mansoor Ali Khan shared footage from the crash site with his 1.9 million Twitter followers. He also wrote: "Let’s all pray for the passengers as well the people who were on the ground in this plane crash. Every life counts."

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A PIA spokesperson has said in a video statement: "The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem. It is a very tragic incident."

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has tweeted in response to the tragedy: "Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased."

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Local news reports have said that the state-run airline's Airbus A320 was traveling from Pakistan's capital Lahore.

The state carrier has reported that flight PK 8303 had crashed with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board.

[[imagecaption|| File photo taken on Dec. 25, 2013 shows a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft. Credit: PA Images]]

However, it is feared there may be more casualties as the plane came down on houses in the Model Colony area in the city.

Per the Metro, Resident Abdul Rahman said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times, appearing to try to land at the airport before it crashed into several houses. Police and military had cordoned off the area.

A spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces tweeted that helicopters were being used in the search and rescue effort and that paramilitary troops had reached the site, alongside civil administration.

This is a developing story, more to follow...