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The death toll after plane crashes in Karachi in southern Pakistan rises to 97

May 23, 2020

The number of deaths from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft with 99 people on board (91 passengers and eight crew members) in a residential area near Karachi Airport in southern Pakistan has increased to 97 with two confirmed survivors.

Sindh Province Ministry of Health spokeswoman Miran Yusuf told Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the two surviving passengers were taken to hospital centers. He also identified her as Zubair and Zafar Masud, the latter as President of the Bank of Punjab. They are both stable.

In addition, a total of twelve people were injured in the plane crash, severely damaging the houses in the residential area to which it fell. According to Yusuf, most of the wounded are women, but all are in stable condition.

The death toll after plane crashes in Karachi in southern Pakistan rises to 97
The death toll after plane crashes in Karachi in southern Pakistan rises to 97

The passage consisted of 51 men, 31 women and nine children, according to the flight manifest collected by Geo TV. The plane that crashed is an Airbus A320, which completed flight PK8303 from the Pakistani city of Lahore and the destination in Karachi. After confirming a technical error, the plane crashed shortly before landing in the Jinnah Gardens area near the model colony in the Malir district.

General Arshad Malik, PIA CEO, emphasized that the pilots of the aircraft “were trained for this type of event”. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Jan, for his part, has argued that an “immediate” investigation will be launched to clarify what happened.