Plane with 107 passengers and crew crashes near airport – all your need to know

Smoke and trail of destruction when plane crashes

Shortly after the pilot reportedly notified Air Traffic Control of a technical malfunction, a plane carrying 107 passengers crashed into houses.

The Pakistan International Airlines jet was on its last approach at Karachi Airport when it crashed in a residential area near Model Colony and disappeared from the radar.

A number of houses were damaged or destroyed and a major rescue operation was carried out to rescue survivors.

A civil aviation authority spokesperson told local media that 99 passengers and eight crew members were on board the Airbus A320.

Photos and video show a huge cloud of black smoke pouring into the air after the crash, which happened around 2:45 p.m. local time on Friday.

Flight PK8303 was on a domestic trip from Lahore.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources said the captain had reported a technical malfunction and that the plan had disappeared from the radar shortly before landing at Karachi airport.

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