PIA plane crashes in Pakistan

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

Rescue teams and law enforcement are at the crash site and have started rescue operations.

According to reports, flight PK-8303 took off from Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport and crashed in Model Colony, approximately 4 kilometers away from the airport. The plane was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members, according to Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the country's civil aviation authority.

Video footage shows black smoke rising from the site of the crash.

PIA grounded flights in March because of coronavirus, but began limited services again on May 16th.

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There were 90 passengers on board the flight.

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A passenger plane belonging to a state-run airline has crashed near Karachi, Pakistani civil aviation have said.

It's the second plane crash for Pakistani carrier in less than four years.

In 2016, a PIA jet burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote northern to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

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