was flying very “smoothly” but while attempting to land, it “jolted” thrice and then the pilot “adroitly lifted” the aircraft off the ground, only to crash moments later, recounts Muhammad Zubair, one of just two passengers who miraculously survived the fiery crash.
Zubair was among 99 passengers on board the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A-320 aircraft that plunged into a densely populated residential area near the airport here on Friday, killing 97 people, including nine children.
Flight PK-8303 from Lahore crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near
in Malir on Friday afternoon, minutes before its landing in
Jinnah International Airport
. Eleven people on the ground were injured.
“The plane was coming very smoothly, 8303 of PIA. My seat was 8F. When it was reaching Jinnah International Airport, the pilot announced that ‘we are landing, fasten your seat belts’. We fastened seat belts. While landing, the plane jolted three times. Then it came on the runway and was on it for a brief time. Then I don’t know what happened, that the pilot adroitly lifted the plane off the ground,” Zubair, who is being treated for burns in a hospital in Karachi, said.
“The pilot then flew the plane for 10 or 15 minutes. Then he again announced that the plane was landing. When this announcement was made, I looked down and it appeared to