A passenger who miraculously survived a plane crash, fearing to have killed almost everyone on board, escaped with broken bones and scratches, family members say.
Incredible video shows banker Zafar Mahmood being carried away from much of the burning wreck in a narrow street buried under rubble.
A photo shows the injured man smiling and grateful to be alive while lying on a stretcher.
About six witnesses carry the CEO of the Bank of Punjab to safety amid a chaotic and disturbing scene after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in a suburb of Karachi on Friday afternoon.
As many as 107 passengers and crew were on board the Airbus A321 and so far there are only two confirmed survivors.
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Mahmood escaped with relatively minor injuries after the plane crashed into homes in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport.
Flight PK8303, from Lahore, attempted to land after the pilot told air traffic controllers that the aircraft had lost power in both engines.
Mister Mahmood was pulled alive from the wreckage and taken to hospital for treatment.
He was in a stable condition and had spoken to family, friends and government officials by phone, according to local media.
His brother was at his side.
Mr. Mahmood suffered from a broken hip, broken collarbones and scratches, Geo TV a hospital spokesperson reported.
It has been suggested that the survivors were in the front part of the plane.
It is said that the tail end of the Airbus first hit the ground when the jet broke apart and went up in flames.
Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah inquired about the health of Mr. Mahmood, a provincial government spokesman, Abdur Rashid Channa, said in a statement.
When the prime minister said, “Murad is here,” the survivor replied, “Thank you very much. God has been gracious,” the statement said.
Survivors’ hopes were raised when a woman tweeted that a family member had survived.
Zainab Imam, a communications manager at the Washington-based International Center for Journalists, wrote on Twitter: “A close relative was on the flight from Lahore who crashed. There are survivors – he is one.
“Thank you for everyone’s good wishes. We hope our good news gives others hope. We pray that there are other survivors who have been just as lucky as him.”
There were fears that almost everyone on board the jet and a number of residents were killed on the ground or in buildings.
According to local media, the body of a five-year-old child was removed from the rubble in Model Colony.
More than 40 people, including a dust-covered baby and other young children, were reportedly rescued from the site.
The PIA jet went down in a densely populated area after the captain reported a power loss in both engines and declared a mayday.
The flight crew made a second attempt to land after the first resulted in a go-around.
In a chilling final conversation with air traffic control, the captain said the plane lost power to both engines on its second attempt to land, according to a recording on the monitoring website liveatc.net.
After the aircraft reportedly called off a previous landing attempt and made a second attempt, an air traffic controller informed the pilot of flight 8303 that it appeared to be turning to the left, suggesting it was off course.
The pilot replied, “We’re returning, sir, we’ve lost engines,” and the air traffic controller released the plane to land on one of Karachi’s two west-southwest runways.
Twelve seconds later, the pilot yelled “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” and was again allowed to use both lanes. There was no further communication from the aircraft.
The images show an apocalyptic scene with fires burning in a narrow street filled with debris from the destroyed planes, as well as buildings damaged and cars added up, and a wall of suffocating black smoke.
The aircraft’s black box, which contains cockpit audio recordings and technical flight data, has been restored by researchers.
President Imran Khan, the former cricketer, ordered an immediate investigation into the air disaster.