PIA plane crash in Pakistan: Death toll touches 97
Karachi/IBNS: The death toll due to the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 from Lahore, with 91 passengers and eight crew members onboard, close to the Karachi Airport on Friday now stands at 97, media reports said.
The crash happened in a densely populated residential area - Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir - just a few minutes away from the Jinnah International Airport .
Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator for the Sindh health minister, confirmed to Dawn.com that two passengers had survived and were brought to hospitals. She identified the survivors as Zubair and Zafar Masood, who is the president of Bank of Punjab.
"Zubair has 35 per cent burns and is being treated at the [Dr Ruth Pfau] Civil Hospital Karachi, while Masood has four fractures and is being treated at the Darul Sehat Hospital," Yousuf told the newspaper, adding that both were in stable condition. Moreover, she said that 19 victims had been identified so far.
Videos from the crash site obtained by Dawn News showed bodies buried underneath rubble and residents gathering in streets littered with debris while Rangers and Sindh police carried out rescue operations.
After the crash, Sindh Minister of Health & Population Welfare announced an emergency in all major hospitals in Karachi.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan condoled the incident.
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. 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. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
Khan ordered an inquiry into the incident.
I thank world leaders for reaching out to condole over the tragic air crash and loss of precious lives. The people of Pakistan value this support and solidarity in our hour of grief.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the air crash.