Bank president, second survivor are pulled from wreckage of Pakistan plane crash

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

The Pakistan International Airlines A-320 plane was flying from Lahore to Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew, according to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

Zafar Masood, president of the Bank of Punjab, was removed from the smoldering remains of the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 after it crashed near the city's airport during a flight from Lahore, the Daily Mail reported.

The plane crashed in the residential Model Colony neighborhood outside the city after reportedly running into a technical problem preventing the pilot from coming in to land.

In the audiotapes, Gul could be heard calmly telling the air traffic controllers, "We have lost an engine...."

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan confirmed that an inquest would be opened into the cause of the crash.

In 2010, an aircraft operated by private airline Airblue crashed near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board - the deadliest air disaster in Pakistani history.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority sources said its communication was cut off with the plane a minute before it was supposed to land.

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, speaking from the scene of the crash, said none of the passengers or crew survived.

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"We are proceeding direct, sir - we have lost engine", a pilot said.

Unverified footage circulating on social media showed black plumes of smoke rising from a row of houses in Karachi.

The Airbus A320 was en route to Karachi when the crash occurred.

Domestic flights have only recently restarted after being grounded in Pakistan due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eyewitness video captured at the scene of the crash shows plane debris scattered across the floor of the residential area.

Khan also tweeted that he was in touch with the airline's CEO "who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now". Immediate inquiry will be instituted.

The chief minister of Sindh, the province where the plane crashed, has declared an emergency in all of Karachi's hospital.

Pakistan's army and rescue services rushed to the site, which appeared to be a densely populated area. "Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured", he wrote on Twitter.

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