Plane tragedy in Pakistan (2). Passengers: 51 men, 31 women and 9 children
The pilot died. Victims at ground. Difficulty in rescue operations -VIDEO
Further details on the crash of the Airbus A-320 plane -which took place this morning in Pakistan, while the aircraft operated by the national carrier PIA, approaching the runway of the Karachi airport, crashed on some houses of a residential center-, come from the Pakistani CAA, the Civil Aviation Authority, according to which communications between the pilot and the tower were interrupted one minute before landing. Rescue operations were immediately attended by soldiers of the Pakistani Army's rapid reaction force. Rescuers have confirmed that the aircraft has crashed between the houses, and this is creating considerable difficulties in rescuing by land due to the very narrow roads leading to the crash site, among which it is proving difficult for ambulances to move, also due to of the crowd of onlookers.
PIA (Pakistan Iternational Airlines) spokesman Abdullah Hafeez confirms that the carrier is receiving information in real time and that CEO Arshad Malik is reaching Karachi to assess the situation. As things stand, he said, any consideration of the causes of the tragedy, including the technical failure hypothesis, is premature, but an independent investigative team will examine the events that led to the crash.
The local press, reporting the declarations of some rescuers, also informs that about twenty people have already been extracted from the rubbles of some houses, eight of whom were hospitalized in an emergency. The lifeless bodies of a 5-year-old boy and an adult would also have been extracted. "We are experiencing difficulties in carrying out rescue operations; people should avoid gathering at the accident site", added a source. It seems that to fall victim to the disaster, it is not yet known whether on board or at ground, even the journalist Ansar Naqvi. In the meantime, Qamar Javed Bajwa, in charge of the relief efforts sent by the Army, has guaranteed full support by the military forces to civilian rescuers.
As we wrote, the airline released the list of passengers on flight PK-8303: 51 men, 31 women, and nine children.
The pilot would have died. In his last words, according to PIA's CEO Malik, he would have spoken of a technical failure of the aircraft. "The pilot was told that both runways were ready for landing. However, he decided to take a route in the skies of the airport. Why did he make it, if due to the technical problem, we will find out", he said first get on a plane that is taking him to Karachi.
In the video, the place of impact, between the houses of a residential neighborhood near the airport:
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