Airbus Crashes into Several Homes

May 23, 2020

At approximately 1430 local time (0930 UTC) on 22 May 2020, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 8303 — an Airbus A320 aircraft — crashed into several homes in Karachi’s Model Colony neighborhood, which is adjacent to Jinnah International Airport (OPKC/KHI), as it was preparing to land. Reports indicate that the aircraft caught fire upon impact and the blaze spread to some of the homes. The flight, which had come from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport (OPLA/LHE), was carrying approximately 100 occupants, including passengers and crew, at the time of the crash. According to reports, the pilot contacted air traffic control shortly before attempting to land and stated that he was experiencing technical difficulties. At present, there are no indications on the cause of the crash; however, authorities have launched an investigation into the event. Several homes were destroyed and at least 25 people on the ground suffered injuries. Authorities stated that at least two of the aircraft’s occupants survived the crash. Emergency services and security forces remain at the crash site conducting rescue and recovery operations.

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