US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with a hundred people on board crashed Friday in a residential district of Karachi, in the south of Pakistan, the company raising a technical problem.
PIA said flight PK 8303 carried 99 passengers and eight crew members, but civil aviation officials said a total of 99 people were on board.
“The last time the pilot spoke, he said he had a technical problem,” company spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said in a video message.
According to a civil aviation official interviewed by Reuters, it appears that the aircraft was unable to deploy its landing gear. However, he considered it premature to determine with certainty the cause of the disaster.
Images broadcast by Geo television show ambulances trying to make their way through the crowd gathered near the scene of the disaster, which appears to be a densely populated area, above which stands a column of black smoke. Several cars were also on fire.
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