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Passenger plane crashes in residential area in Pakistan

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Passenger plane crashes in residential area in Pakistan

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Today at 11:34, updated at 14:23

A Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed this Friday in Karachi on a flight from Lahore.

The Airbus A320, which carried 107 people, according to the France Presse Agency, crashed in a residential area. Although the first official reports show that there would be no survivors, the national civil aviation authority revealed that at least two people will have survived the accident.

"The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers, but the first data indicate that there are 99 passengers and eight crew members," said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, spokesman for the country's aviation authority, adding that the flight was coming from Lahore.

Witnesses said the Airbus A320 tried to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah international airport.

Known as the Model Colony, this is a poor and overcrowded residential area.

A resident of the area, Abdul Rahman, said he had seen the plane fly at least three times, appearing to be trying to land, before crashing into several houses.

Police and the military cordoned off the area and the army said on Twitter that it had dispatched a rapid intervention force to the crash site.

The accident comes just days after the country allowed commercial flights to resume, due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Pakistan has a troubled history of civil and military aviation safety, with frequent aircraft and helicopter accidents over the years.

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane went up in flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the north to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

The accident occurs when Pakistanis cross the country, preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr, with many returning to their homes in cities and villages.

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