Chilling footage shows the shocking destruction on the ground after an airplane crashed into a residential area of Pakistan this monrning.
The Pakistan International Airlines jet was on its last approach at Karachi Airport when it crashed near Model Colony and disappeared from the radar.
It crashed about 4 km from the airport.
Homes have been completely destroyed, with images and video of the scene with fallen cables and telephone lines and masses of debris on the street.
Thick clouds of black smoke can rise from the ruined buildings while the locals watch in horror.
Cars on one street were partially flattened as large pieces of airplane debris burned nearby.
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Small pockets of the flames can also be seen as some residents seem to wade through the tangle of wires and metals, appearing to search and assist any survivors.
Local residents took part in the rescue when firefighters tried to extinguish the fires.
Positive news is that 40 people have already been rescued from the crash site.
A total of 107 people were on board the Airbus A320 – including 99 passengers and eight crew members.
Flight PK8303 was on a domestic trip from Lahore when it went down.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources said the captain reported a technical malfunction and the aircraft disappeared from the radar shortly before it was due to the landing at Karachi Airport, 24 News reported.
“The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem,” said PIA spokesman Abdullah H. Khan in a video statement.
“It is a very tragic incident.”
The Pakistan Army said its rapid response force and paramilitary forces have reached the site for aid and rescue efforts in addition to civilian administration.
The major hospitals in the area have also been placed in emergency situations.
Pakistani Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan expressed sadness at the crash and said his personnel were on hand to assist the airline.
Christian Turner, UK High Commissioner for Pakistan, tweeted: “Deeply saddened by tragedy # PK8303 plane crash in Karachi; thoughts are with all who have lost loved ones. @ukinpakistan contact the local authorities to find out if there were British on board. “
Local TV channel Geo showed crowds near the scene, which looked like a densely populated area, and ambulances try to make their way through.
It also showed black smoke rising from the scene.
Airworthiness documents revealed that the aircraft last received a government audit on November 1.
The PIA chief engineer signed a separate certificate on April 28 stating that all maintenance has been performed on the aircraft and that it is “fully airworthy and meets all safety standards”.
The crash occurred at a time when many airlines around the world have drastically cut back flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.
PIA, the country’s flag carrier, has suspended international flights until May 31.
Many domestic flights have also been discontinued.
Karachi International Airport, Jinnah is the airline’s primary hub.
A number of crashes and serious incidents have occurred in the airline’s history.
Most recently, all 47 on board an ATR 42-500 were killed when the plane crashed in Havelian in December 2016 on a domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad.
Most PIA planes were banned from flying within the European Union in 2007 due to safety concerns due to the aging fleet.
PIA is no longer listed on the EU blacklist.