The survivor of a devastating plane crash in Pakistan has described how the burning plane fell from the sky.
Engineer Muhammad Zubair, one of only two people on board to survive the tragic accident, told Geo News that he could only see smoke and fire when it fell to the ground.
The Pakistan International Airlines jet, which carried 99 people, crashed yesterday afternoon in a busy residential area near the main airport of Karachi.
Zubair said from his bed in the civilian hospital in Karachi, “All I could see was smoke and fire.
“I heard screams from all directions. Children and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn’t see people – I just heard their screams.”
“I opened my seat belt and saw some light. I went to the light. I had to jump down about ten feet to get to safety. “
The crash is said to have occurred after the captain reported a power loss in both engines and issued a Mayday warning.
Zubair, who survived along with Zafar Masood, President of the Bank of Punjab, added that about 10 minutes after a failed landing attempt, the pilot told passengers he would try again but went down when the plane hit the ground. runway approaching.
The footage shows an apocalyptic scene with fires burning in a narrow street filled with debris from the wrecked plane, buildings damaged and cars added up, and a wall of suffocating black smoke.
A five-year-old’s body was recovered from the rubble in Model Colony, as more than 40 people, including a dust-covered baby and other young children, were rescued from the site, local media reported.
The Airbus A320 flew from Lahore to Karachi on Friday before the start of Eid, the festival marking the end of the fast during Ramadan.
Officials have confirmed that at least 97 people died in the crash, which occurred at about 2:30 PM local time.
A provincial government spokesman for Sindh confirmed that another passenger, Zafar Masood, president of the Bank of Punjab.
The images show that Mr. Masood, who had just suffered broken bones and scratches, was taken from the burning wreck.
It is now believed to be “conscious and responsive.”
The state-run PIA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that 91 passengers and eight crew members were on board the 15-year-old plane, which was recently inspected by government officials in November last year.
The aircraft’s black box, which contains cockpit audio recordings and technical flight data, has been restored by researchers.
Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar had previously said that there would be no survivors among those aboard the jet.
He told Reuters, “At this point, we feel that there will be no survivors of the plane itself, but it has not been confirmed.”
In a chilling last conversation with air traffic control, the plane’s captain said the plane had lost power from both engines on its second attempt to land, according to a recording on the monitoring website liveatc.net.