The Airbus A320 pilot can be heard on the radio making a final desperate call for help seconds before the jet crashed into a residential area in Pakistan.
The Pakistan International Airlines jet was on its last approach at Karachi Airport when it crashed near Model Colony and disappeared from the radar.
During his tragic descent from the air, the pilot called the radio controller and said, “We will proceed immediately. We lost the engine.
“Sir Mayday Mayday Mayday PK8303.”
The control room reported that the runway was “landing-free” – but the plane failed to make it to the airport and crashed in a nearby residential area.
Landing in the densely populated neighborhood about 2.5 miles from the airport, the tragedy has wreaked havoc – with shocking images of the scene showing masses of burning debris on the street.
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Small flames can also be seen when some residents seem to wade through the tangle of wires and metal and seem to seek and help survivors.
A total of 107 people were on board the Airbus A320 – including 99 passengers and eight crew members.
According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources, the captain reported a technical failure before the aircraft disappeared from the radar.
Spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said in a video statement: “The last thing we heard from the pilot was that he had a technical problem.
“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. – meaning they will now have to deal with the aftermath of the crash in addition to their battle with the corona virus.
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.
Local TV channel Geo showed crowds near the scene that seemed to be a densely populated area, and ambulances tried to make their way.
There was also black smoke rising from the scene and debris when a fire was burning on the street.
A number of cars were on fire.
Local residents took part in the rescue when firefighters tried to extinguish the fires.
A senior civil aviation official told Reuters that it appeared that the plane was unable to open its wheels due to a technical failure prior to landing, but it was too early to determine the cause.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, the former cricketer, expressed his “deep sorrow” at the loss of life and instructed the relevant agencies to help, rescue and provide medical assistance to those affected.
He ordered an immediate investigation into the tragedy.
The country’s flag carrier PIA 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 accidents 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.