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Pakistan International Airlines flight with 107 passengers on board crashes in Karachi

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Pakistani security officials are seen at the site of a passenger plane crash in Karachi Pakistan on 22 May 2020

The plane crashed in a residential area called Model Colony.

Reuters reported there were a total of 107 people onboard the plane, including crew and passengers.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic all but halted worldwide air travel, the airline was operating flights to London, Birmingham and Manchester, as well as Paris, Barcelona, Milan and Oslo. Immediate inquiry will be instituted.

"Instead of landing, the pilot preferred to take another round in the air, and shortly after he lost contact with the control, the plane was later found crashed in residential area".

According to reports, the flight captain had informed about a "technical snag". In the final moments before the crash, recorded on a flight tracking website, one of the pilots can be heard telling the Air Traffic Controller that they had lost both the engines, before sending the worldwide distress message, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday".

A spokesperson of the PIA Abdullah Hafeez told media that the passenger plane Airbus 320 crashed at the Model Colony residential adjacent to the Jinnah Garden near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

Footage aired on local broadcaster Geo News showed clouds of smoke billowing upwards from the burning wreckage of the ill-fated plane. The pilot was informed that two airports were available for landing he chose to go for a round and crashed. All my prayers are with the families.

"I'm sorry to hear about the air crash in Pakistan in which many lives have been lost".

A spokesperson for the Pakistan armed forces wrote on Twitter that a provision had been sent for "full assistance" to civil authorities working to rescue victims from the site. The flight from the northeastern city of Lahore typically lasts about an hour and a half.

"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", tweeted Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on November 1, 2019. PIA's chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted.

"If an airline is on the European Union list of banned airlines there is a reason why, and usually that is because it doesn't conform to the safety standards we expect in Europe", said Figgins.

Videos of the aftermath of the crash have surfaced on social media although authorities have been doing their utmost to prevent images of the crash being filmed.

Perry Bradley, a spokesman for GE, said the firm was "aware of reports of the accident and is closely monitoring the situation".

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