Emotional footage captures the moment when the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane fell from the sky before crashing into homes today.
Most of the 107 people on board the Airbus A320 are feared to have died after the pilot reported an engine failure and Mayday.
The pilot attempted an emergency landing, but new footage shows how it ended in tragedy.
The clip, shared online, shows the plane descending rapidly near Pakistan’s Karachi Airport and falling helplessly closer to the ground.
It disappears behind buildings, but eventually a huge cloud of smoke is seen in the sky.
The plane exploded after the collision, it is thought.
And in the images, thick smoke rises into the air over the densely populated area.
At least two people would have survived, and at least one relieved family revealed that a loved one who was a passenger on the Airbus A320 contacted them in the aftermath to confirm that he was still alive.
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.
It was unclear whether people were injured or killed on the ground or in buildings.
Neighbors and rescue workers were spotted with the site’s young children as local mothers tried desperately to find their children amid the chaos.
Flight PK8303 was on a domestic trip from the eastern city of Lahore to the southern city of Karachi when it declared an emergency and crashed.
The state-run PIA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that 99 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.