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A Pakistani passenger plane crashed in a highly populated residential area in Karachi.
According to officials, Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK8303, has almost 100 people on board when it crashed in the Pakistani city.
The plane was flying from Lahore and was so close to landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport when it came down among houses.
Officials say that at least 30 people were killed, but a far higher toll is feared. Hope is not all lost as there are 2 confirmed survivors for now.
One of them is believed to be the CEO of Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masud, and the other one is identified as Muhammad Zubair.
Furthermore, they said that the Airbus A320 tried to land 2-3 times before the crash. In the mayday call, the pilot said the engine lost its power.
Miraculous Escape: President of Bank of Punjab Zafar Masud survives the plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan. Shifted to a local hospital. Reports coming in that few others have survived the tragic accident as well. pic.twitter.com/XCYdsZDwGG— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 22, 2020
Authorities obtained the recording of the last conversation between the pilot and air traffic control.
In it, the pilot says they have “lost two engines”. And then a few seconds later, he calls “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday”, indicating that they are about to crash.
Heartbreaking last conversation between the Pilot & ATC just moments before the #planecrash— Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) May 22, 2020
Pilot’s last words: ‘May Day! May Day! May Day!’
And then silence.
99 passengers+crew were flying Lahore to Karachi
Two miraculous survivors found so far, praying for more #PIACrash pic.twitter.com/IWrWXkSUZB
The plane had lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT), an airline spokesman said.
Last week Pakistan resumed limited domestic commercial flights, following months of coronavirus lockdown.