Pakistan passenger plane crashes in Karachi

Pakistan passenger plane crashes in Karachi

Rescue workers gather at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed in a residential neighbourhood

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The plane crashed in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport in the city of Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say.

Flight PK8303, which was carrying around 91 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports.

Pictures showed a scene of devastation in the Model Colony residential area.

Emergency services have arrived. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.

The plane, an Airbus A320, was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighbourhood of Karachi about 3.2km (two miles) north-east of Jinnah International Airport.

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Media captionSmoke can be seen rising from the crash site

Pakistan’s army said soldiers from its quick reaction force had reached the crash site to help rescue efforts.

The cause of the crash is yet to be confirmed. PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said the pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing “technical difficulties”.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sa

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