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    Model Colony is a densely populated residential area of Pakistan’s commercial city of Karachi, where a Pakistan International Airlines plane flying from Lahore to Karachi crashed on Friday afternoon.

    This middle class neighbourhood is away from the city centre, located in the outskirts of the city just behind the Jinnah International airport, where the crashed flight was supposed to land. The site is around a kilometre away from the boundary of the international airport.

    The plane crashed in a small and narrow closed street of Model Colony with houses on either side, where locals used to park their cars. Several cars parked on the street caught fire after the crash. The crash site was so congested that the rescue workers had to break portion of a wall to reach the crashed plane.

    After the flight crashed, locals of the nearby neighbourhoods recorded scenes with their cellphones in which plumes of thick black smoke rising from the site could be seen, and later shared on their social media sites.

    Shortly after the crash, military and security personnel rushed to the site while large numbers of firefighters, ambulances run by charities and cranes also reached the site.

    Authorities suspended power as overhead electricity wires and a power grid were creating hurdles in the movement of rescue cranes.

    Recently, local government in Pakistan’s Sindh province eased the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown ahead of Eid al-Fitr, and as a result large numbers of people rushed to the scene, ignoring social distancing instructions.

    Officials said that presence of such a large number of people near the crash site was creating hurdles in rescue work. Security personnel were thus deployed at the entrance of Model Colony to keep the people from entering the already congested area.

    Due to Covid-19, all educational institutes have been closed for the past three months and most of the students spend their time at home. Muhammad Shabir, a secondary school student and resident of the neighbourhood, was at the roof of his house with his friend.

    “We were busy flying kites. We saw the plane flying in an unusual way and instead of going to the airport it was coming to our colony and then crashed. We heard a blast and plumes of smoke rising from the site. First we rushed to the site but later we thought, we must not go close so we went back home.”

    A large number of people from other areas also reached the colony to enquire about their relatives or friends. As a result mobile phone signal was interrupted. Safdar Ali, a carpenter, said that he came to know about his uncle living in the colony. “I tried to calling his mobile, but it was not responding, so I came here. But security personnel are neither allowing me to enter the area and nor anyone is giving me any information.”

    Faisal Edhi, head of Pakistan’s largest charity, Edhi Foundation, told The Independent that Edhi ambulances took more than two-dozen people from the site to the hospital and that “the majority of the bodies had oxygen masks on”.

    As the sun was about to set, visibly tired rescue workers who had been busy in search and rescue operation since the afternoon sat down to break their fast. With fatigue and grief on their faces, they were quick to break their fast to get back to the relief work. By the time they started to work again, the area was lit up with huge flashlights but the gloom remained.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a9529216.html


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    Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday announced compensation for the families of those who were killed in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash a day earlier.

    The PIA plane — Airbus A-320, carrying an estimated 99 people on board, crashed into a residential area near Karachi airport on Friday, resulting in 97 casualties.

    Speaking to the media in Karachi, the minister said families of those who were killed would receive Rs1 million each while the two survivors would be given Rs500,000 each.

    The minister also announced that the government would offer compensation to the residents of the area whose houses and cars have been affected. "A lot of damage has been done. We have directed that an initial survey be carried out and the government will pay for the damages after the assessment has been done."

    Khan said that the government's first priority was to hand over the bodies of the victims to their families after identification. He expressed grief over the tragic incident and offered condolences to the families of those who died.

    He paid tribute to the "spirit of the people of Karachi", who he said had participated keenly in the rescue work. He also paid tribute to the pilot, saying that video footage showed he had "tried his best to reach the runway but when he saw it was impossible, he diverted the craft to an area where there would be minimum damage".


    https://www.dawn.com/news/1559147/av...in-plane-crash


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    Chaotic year this so far and its not half done yet.

    RIP the all deceaseds.

    More need to be done for eliminating and minimising avoidable accidents.

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    Shahid Afridi at the crash scene to see the recovery work done by the armed forces

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    Shahid Afridi at the crash scene to see the recovery work done by the armed forces

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    The final numbers:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman View Post
    This is heart breaking to listen to. I can't help but be in awe of the captain who, facing multiple system failures and probably knowing he was about to die, remained so calm.

    I know everyone says that we shouldn't speculate on the reasons for the crash, but it seems blindingly obvious that this plane was not functioning properly, first with the landing gear and then with the engines. Whether pilot error contributed remains to be seen, but even us laymen can conclude that the plane was not fit to be in the air. The loved ones of all those who perished deserve answers. Why was such a defective plane allowed to fly?

    Is there some major flaw in PIA plane maintenance?

    I find it chilling to think that this is my route. Every time I go to Pakistan, I always take that flight from Lahore to Karachi via PIA. I may have even flown on the very plane that crashed. We all need answers right now. Why have the lives of so many people been taken away so cruely just before Eid? If there is a cover up I don't think many of us will ever fly PIA again.
    Sadly everything gets brushed under the rug in Pakistan, this will too. Our people have become numb to such tragedies. I honestly feel PIA needs to be taken private or disbanded all together after this, no government can manage such a complicated operation competently with political appointments given left and right.

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    Appalling tragedy right before Eid. Thoughts are with the families of the victims.

    There needs to be a full public investigation, especially how this plane was declared airworthy only months ago. Why do these crashes happen in Pakistan with greater regularity compared to other countries ? Qantas and Virgin haven't had a crash in 50 years.

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    Pakistan plane crash survivor: 'All I could see was fire'

    One of the survivors of Friday's plane crash in the Pakistani city of Karachi has described his ordeal, saying all he could see "was fire".

    Passenger Muhammad Zubair was one of at least two passengers who survived after the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 came down in a residential area.

    Health authorities in Sindh province said 97 deaths had been confirmed.

    The cause of the crash is not yet known.

    The pilot had reported a technical fault after one failed landing attempt, according to local media, then issued a mayday call as the plane came down.

    It came days after Pakistan allowed commercial flights to resume after the country's coronavirus lockdown was eased.

    How did Muhammad Zubair escape?

    Flight PK8303, an Airbus A320 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew - including many families travelling ahead of Sunday's Eid holiday - had travelled from Lahore.

    It was attempting to land at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport at about 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT) when it came down.

    Mr Zubair, who suffered only minor injuries, said the plane attempted one landing and then crashed 10-15 minutes later.

    "No-one was aware that the plane was about to crash; they were flying the plane in a smooth manner," he said.

    He lost consciousness following the crash. When he came to, he said, "I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn't see any people - just hear their screams".

    "I opened my seatbelt and saw some light - I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10ft (3m) to get to safety," he added.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52780289


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    Pakistan victims were emerging from lockdown

    The Pakistan pilots' association says it has no faith in the official investigation into Friday's plane crash which killed 97 people in Karachi.

    The association says it should be given a role in the inquiry and global bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation should also be involved.

    Shahbaz Hussain's mother was among those who died. She had been flying back to Karachi after Covid-19 lockdown measures were relaxed.

    “She was in Sialkot (north-east Pakistan) to see my two sisters who live there, and she stayed them as she got stuck there because of the lockdown", he said.

    “As soon as the transportation opened and domestic flights started, she took the flight, but this unfortunate accident took place."


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    KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazl Pechuhu said that 97 bodies have been recovered from the site of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash and all of the victims were passengers of the ill-fated plane, ARY NEWS reported.

    “The deceased included 68 men, 26 women and three children,” she said while addressing a presser flanked by Sindh government Spokesman Murtaza Wahab.

    “We have sent DNA of the unidentified dead bodies to a forensic lab at University of Karachi,” she said adding that 47 relatives of the victims have submitted samples as 66 bodies have already been identified.

    The minister said that the results of DNA would be received within 21 days.

    While commenting on the arrival of a forensic team from Lahore to collect DNA samples, Azra Fazl Pechuhu said that they have qualified people in Sindh who are able to collect DNA samples, however there was no issue if a team was dispatched by federal authorities.

    She further said that six people sustained wounds during the incident of which two were the survivors from the plane while the remaining were residents of the neighbourhood.

    Azra Pechuhu further refuted reports that the government-run Aman ambulances remained absent from the incident site and said that they were unable to enter congested lanes of the area therefore Edhi and Chippa ambulances were used for the purpose.

    Speaking on the occasion, Murtaza Wahab while giving details of the losses sustained by local population from plane crash said that 19 house, 10 cars and 13 motorcycles were damaged due to the plane crash.

    He said that 16 people of the Model Town neighbourhood sustained injuries during the incident. “We have shifted all families to a hotel after their homes were damaged during the incident,” he said.

    Murtaza Wahab lauded the masses for playing a responsible role during the incident and said that similar responsible behavior is need of the hour to tackle coronavirus in the province.

    He further urged the masses to observe Eid with simplicity while adopting precautionary measures to avoid contracting coronavirus.


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    Had trouble sleeping considering what these people might have gone through. The survivor's story that people were screaming and shouting all around him as the fire raged meant it was not a quick and painless death. So sad man. Air plane crashes are the worst.

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    PIA air hostess escapes death after skipping flight that crashed in Karachi

    A change in duty roster helped save the life of air hostess Madiha Iram, who was supposed to fly on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight that crashed near Karachi Airport with 91 passengers and seven crew members on board on Friday.

    Madiha Iram was supposed to go on duty in the plane but she didn't go because of the change in duty roster, according to reports.

    According to PIA sources, air hostess Anam Maqsood was sent in the plane instead of Madiha Iram. Anam Maqsood died in the plane crash.

    More than 90 people have been confirmed dead after the PIA passenger plane crashed into a residential area in Karachi near the city's airport, while a search and rescue operation continued on Saturday, according to authorities. PIA confirmed there were 91 passengers and seven crew on board the flight, which lost contact with air traffic control just after 2:30 pm (1.30pm, UAE) travelling from Lahore to Karachi.

    The pilot, Sajjad Gull, who according to an official release was the senior most A320 pilot with extensive flight experience, complained of a problem after making his second approach to the runway, before air traffic control lost contact with him. PIA promised a full independent investigation.

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/p...ia-plane-crash

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    One of the survivors of Friday's plane crash in the Pakistani city of Karachi has described his ordeal, saying all he could see "was fire".

    Passenger Muhammad Zubair was one of at least two passengers who survived after the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 came down in a residential area.

    Health authorities in Sindh province said 97 deaths had been confirmed.

    The cause of the crash is not yet known.

    The pilot had reported a technical fault after one failed landing attempt, according to local media, then issued a mayday call as the plane came down.

    It came days after Pakistan allowed commercial flights to resume after the country's coronavirus lockdown was eased.

    How did Muhammad Zubair escape?

    Flight PK8303, an Airbus A320 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew - including many families travelling ahead of Sunday's Eid holiday - had travelled from Lahore.

    It was attempting to land at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport at about 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT) when it came down.

    Mr Zubair, who suffered only minor injuries, said the plane attempted one landing and then crashed 10-15 minutes later.

    "No-one was aware that the plane was about to crash; they were flying the plane in a smooth manner," he said.

    He lost consciousness following the crash. When he came to, he said, "I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn't see any people - just hear their screams".

    "I opened my seatbelt and saw some light - I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10ft (3m) to get to safety," he added.

    Why did the aircraft crash?

    The plane was only just short of the runway perimeter when it struck houses in the Model Colony residential area. TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of the densely populated zone. A number of cars were set on fire.

    Eyewitness Mohammed Uzair Khan told the BBC he had heard a massive sound and went outside his home. "Almost four houses were completely collapsed, there was so much fire and smoke," he said. "They are almost my neighbours, I can't tell you what a horrible thing it was."

    Purported audio of the conversation between air traffic control and a pilot was published by Pakistani media. The pilot is heard saying the plane had "lost engines". An air traffic controller asks whether it is going to carry out a "belly landing", to which the pilot replies "mayday, mayday, mayday".

    One civil aviation official told Reuters the plane may have been unable to lower its undercarriage.

    Images posted on social media appeared to show scorch marks under both engines, with no undercarriage visible on approach.

    Investigators will try to retrieve the so-called black box recorders to help determine the cause. A committee of investigation has already been set up.

    PIA said the plane had joined the fleet in 2014 and passed its annual airworthiness inspection last November.

    According to local authorities, 97 deaths have been confirmed, although it is unclear how many of the dead were passengers and how many residents on the ground. Nineteen of the dead have been identified.

    Zafar Masud, president of the Bank of Punjab, was the other passenger who survived the crash, a provincial government spokesman said. Both were at the front of the plane. There are reports of other survivors but these have not been confirmed.

    On Saturday, funerals took place for some of the victims in Karachi. DNA tests are being conducted on the bodies of others before they can be handed over to relatives.

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was "shocked and saddened" by the crash, promising an immediate investigation.

    But the Pakistan Airlines' Pilots Association (Palpa) said it had no faith in the official investigation. The group called for international investigators to be involved in the inquiry.

    What is Pakistan's safety record like?
    Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, including a number of airliner crashes.

    In 2010, an aircraft operated by private airline Airblue crashed near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board - the deadliest air disaster ever in Pakistan.

    In 2012, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan's Bhoja Air crashed in bad weather on its approach to land in Rawalpindi, killing all 121 passengers and six crew.

    And in 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames while travelling from northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing 47 people.


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    KARACHI: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Air Marshal Arshad Malik on Saturday met with the families of those martyred in plane crash incident in Karachi, ARY NEWS reported.

    The CEO apprised the families regarding details of the incident and said that entire nation was grieved over the incident.

    “We know this is a difficult phase for the families,” he said as they await confirmation of the identities of their loved ones through DNA samples.

    He said that all of them who died in the incident was like children to him and he stood alongside the families of the victims in time of pain and grief.

    The PIA CEO also directed the authorities to ensure complete arrangements for the families.

    The relatives of the victims requested the PIA CEO to complete the DNA testing process of the unidentified bodies as soon as possible.

    It is pertinent to mention here that Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazl Pechuhu said that 97 bodies have been recovered from the site of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash and all of the victims were passengers of the ill-fated plane.

    “The deceased included 68 men, 26 women and three children,” she said while addressing a presser flanked by Sindh government Spokesman Murtaza Wahab.

    “We have sent DNA of the unidentified dead bodies to a forensic lab at University of Karachi,” she said adding that 47 relatives of the victims have submitted samples as 66 bodies have already been identified.

    The minister said that the results of DNA would be received within 21 days.

    https://arynews.tv/en/pia-ceo-arshad...crash-victims/


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    Karachi residents relate horror of jet crashing into their homes

    KARACHI: Noman Shamsi was sitting in his living room after Friday prayers and his wife was whipping up Iftar for the family when a huge boom shook their home in Karachi’s Model Colony and packed it with black smoke.

    “It was doomsday,” Shamsi told Arab News on Saturday, a day after a Pakistan International Airlines jet plunged into his neighborhood roughly a hundred feet away from the port city’s Jinnah International Airport, killing 97 people on board. Two survivors were pulled alive from the wreckage.


    “Our house shook so [hard] for a moment, we thought it was a massive earthquake but suddenly it filled with black smoke and debris flew our way,” Shamsi said.

    “Our gate was hit in a way we couldn’t open it. There were flames and we couldn’t get to the roof. We were suffocating inside our home,” he said.

    Finally, the family managed to escape.

    Out on the street, the devastation was unimaginable with one wing wedged into the third floor of his neighbor’s home-- but Shamsi said it could have been worse.

    “Thanks to the pilot who kept the plane in the center of the street. He saved many lives on the ground,” he said.

    No casualties have been reported where the plane crashed into the congested street of homes, and four locals have been injured according to the provincial health ministry-- none of them critically.

    “He [pilot] was a wise man. May God accept his martyrdom,” he said. “His timely decision saved lives.”

    Syed Manzar Shah, another neighborhood local told Arab News that despite getting away with their lives, residents of the ill-fated street where the plane crashed had been traumatized by Friday’s events. Especially the children, he said, who would watch the planes fly closely overhead on their way to and from the runways.

    Abdul Majeed, another Model Colony homeowner, said his children had moved to relatives’ homes and didn’t want to come back.

    “The planes were routine for us... since the aircraft would fly close to our homes,” Majeed said. “But now, when we see a plane landing, we think it could just fall on us.”

    Speaking at a media briefing in Karachi, aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said high-rise buildings-- a few stories tall-- were prohibited near airports and that at least 15 acres of land along Karachi airport had been illegally grabbed. The minister didn’t offer further details

    Model colony resident Majeed agreed, and alleged people had constructed homes taller than legally allowed. Arab News could not independently verify these claims.

    “They should move the runway away or relocate this neighborhood,” Majeed said.

    “The accident which luckily claimed no lives [of locals] is still a reminder that this is a dangerous area for us to live in.”

    https://www.arabnews.pk/node/1678976/pakistan


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    KARACHI: As the death toll from the plane crash was confirmed on Saturday, many of the grieving family members spent the day running between mortuaries and hospitals in search of the bodies of their loved ones who had travelled by the ill-fated PIA flight on Friday.

    Among the victims was Major Shehryar Fazal who accompanied his wife Maha Shehryar and their two kids Ilsa and Rayyan.

    The funeral prayers of the family were offered in Bahadurabad area, which were attended by a large number of people. Another family which met the same end was of Zain Polani, a senior banker who had gone to Lahore to bring his wife and three sons, who had come from UK to Lahore, to Karachi.

    “The whole family died in plane crash. Sarah working in IBA. Her husband Zain Polani was working in Standard chartered. Three handsome boys. Completely heartbroken. How can we celebrate Eid after this?” a family friend tweeted with a photo of the victim’s family.

    Another family was of Danish Altaf, who along with his wife and two kids, died in the plane crash.

    Entire families among the deceased; large number of people attend funeral prayers

    Senior journalist Syed Ansar Naqvi was also among the passengers of the fateful flight. With over three-decade experience, Mr Naqvi was last associated with 24 News as its director programming. Ansar Naqvi was one of the fine journalists Hyderabad ever produced.

    Having started his career from Hyderabad-based newspaper, Daily Safeer, he later joined The News in early 90s as its first reporter for Hyderabad. With his 12 years long association with this English daily, he decided to become part of Geo Television Network when it was launched in early 2000. He then moved to Karachi and remained associated with Geo for around 13 years.

    Among the victims was also Phiruzi Ogra, senior faculty member of the Karachi American School.

    Other officers of the Pakistan Army onboard included Capt Ahmed Mujtaba, Lt Shaheer, Lt Balach Khan Bugti, and Lt Hamza Yousuf.

    Actress and model Zara Abid was also onboard. “Words defy me, Zara Abid a great loss of our industry with whom we had a great working rapport. She was a very nice human being & a thorough professional who has worked hard to reach the place she had,” tweeted renowned fashion designer, Asim Jofa.

    A senior officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, Khalid Sherdil, was also among the passengers of the ill-fated plane. Mr Khalid was son of senior bureaucrat A. Z. K. Sherdil. He had also served as Director General for the Punjab Disaster Management Authority.

    Dr Yasmeen Akbani was one of the victims as well. Her colleagues said that she was a senior pediatrician and after retirement from KMC was offering voluntary service in clinics in Kachi Abadis of the city. She was also a senior member of the executive committee of Child Aid Association.

    “Her husband is a retired engineer from Sui Southern. Her father was chief medical officer of Karachi Municipality at the time of independence,” one of her friends remembered her over social media. “She was such a nice lady with lively personality working with great dedication for the cause of childhood cancer and always got inspired by her devotion.”

    Among crew members of the PIA plane PK-8303, Captain Sajjad Gul had an experience of 24-year in the airline industry with more than 17,000 hours of flying experience. He was the resident of DHA Lahore and left behind a widow and four children.

    His colleagues in the flight included first officer Usman Azam, cabin crew chief purser Fareed Ahmed Chaudary, flight stewards Abdul Qayyum Ashraf and Malik Irfan Rafiq, air hostesses Amna Irfan, Asma Shahzadi, and Amna Masood.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1559263/gr...-on-eve-of-eid


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    Rescuers who were on site after PIA flight PK-8303 crashed in Karachi's Malir Colony believe that the damage caused by the disaster could have been mitigated if only the streets of Jinnah Garden, the neighborhood where the plane crashed, not been so narrow and if the fire brigade could have arrived a little earlier.

    Ali Raza, one of the volunteers from the JDC Foundation who was among the first to reach the crash site, recalled that the narrow streets posed a major challenge during rescue operations.

    “The streets were so narrow that there wasn’t any space for even an ambulance to turn,” he told The News.

    He also recalled that there were clouds of thick black smoke everywhere.

    “The crash was inside a densely populated residential street and it was nearly impossible for us to identify the exact spot,” he said. “The smell of fuel and gas everywhere and they had to wait for the utility providers to discontinue their services before entering.”

    When they entered the street where the plane crashed, rubble and debris were everywhere.

    A few bodies from the aircraft had fallen on the roofs of the houses when the plane collided with the residential buildings. They were transported to hospitals by the area residents.

    The heat from the inferno was such that the rescuers felt it even after the fire itself was extinguished.

    “The water used to extinguish the fire pooled at the crash site, and it was so hot we could feel its heat through our thick rubber gloves,” Raza said.

    The last two bodies to be recovered were of two children.

    “I am not sure who those children were, as they were unrecognisable, but their height clearly showed that they were kids.”

    In a low voice, Raza said retrieving those bodies was the saddest part of the entire rescue operation.

    The rescuers used a room in one of the houses to put the suitcases and luggage of the passengers. “Whatever belongings of the passengers we were collecting were being placed in that room.”

    A driver of the Edhi ambulance service, Muhammad Shafiq, was among the first responders.

    Talking to The News, he said that the three Edhi ambulances which initially reached the area could see nothing but smoke.

    Another driver, Shahid Baloch, said dozens of cars had been burnt.

    He regretted that it took quite some time for the fire brigade to reach the street, saying that the damage could have been much less if it had reached earlier.

    “By the time the firefighters reached, more than half a dozen vehicles were already burnt,” he recalled.

    As soon as the firefighters accomplished their task, the rescue workers moved in.

    According to Baloch, the street was so congested that they had to destroy the boundary wall and the grill of a house to continue their rescue operation freely.

    “There were a few residents stuck inside the houses,” he recalled. “They had locked themselves inside rooms to save themselves from suffocation due to the smoke.”

    Meanwhile, an official of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) told The News on the condition of anonymity that the fire engines stationed in Malir had been out of order and it took time for the fire tenders to arrive from Sohrab Goth and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

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    Pakistan's famed musician Zoheb Hassan on Saturday said that he nearly took the 'doomed' Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 8303 but missed by a whisker.

    Zoheb, brother of Pakistan’s late iconic singer Nazia Hassan, said in a Facebook post how he had planned to return to Karachi on the same day but had to take an earlier flight.

    “My dear father who passed away last Friday promised me to take care of my ailing mother if he dies. He died a few hours later. The only flight available was 300 miles from London in Manchester. With great difficulty I managed to get on to a ‘repatriation’ flight which was mainly carrying coronavirus affectees and dead bodies,” he wrote on Facebook.

    “Upon reaching Lahore I was quarantined with 300 other passengers in a hotel. Nine of the crew and several other passengers contracted COVID-19 on the flight,” he added.

    “As my father’s burial was on 21st I did everything in my power to get tested, as a special case, and return to Karachi on the same doomed flight 2 days earlier. God helped me here. My result was negative and was allowed to leave early,” he went on to say.

    He further said that had it not been for his dying father’s wishes, he would’ve either contracted the coronavirus while returning to Lahore or been on part of the tragic plane crash that occurred on Friday.

    Zoheb and Nazia’s father Basir Hassan passed away earlier this month on May 16.

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    KARACHI: As rescue workers, security officials and local volunteers completed the tiring job of retrieving bodies from the rubble of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed on Friday afternoon, authorities on Saturday start assessing the damage caused by the incident on the ground and counted some 19 houses in Model Colony whose structures had been damaged badly.

    Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Ahmed Shallwani said that a committee assigned by him was conducting a survey and had almost completed its job.

    He replied in the affirmative when asked about any compensation to the owners of the damaged houses, but said the final assessment report would determine the details.

    “None of the houses was completely destroyed or damaged,” the commissioner told Dawn. “Parts of some house, 15 or so, were damaged. In most of the cases, upper parts of the houses were damaged where their concrete structure was hit by the crashed plane. Fortunately, the structures mostly remained intact.”

    He said there were also some vehicles parked in the street of the particular Model Colony area where the PIA crashed. A team would also take their details into account while compiling a report, he said.

    Commissioner says govt to provide compensation to repair damaged houses

    Meanwhile, he requested all bereaved families of the victims of the crash to visit the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, for DNA sampling. First priority is to be given to parents of the victims, second to their children and third to their siblings, he added.

    Governor, aviation minister visit

    Earlier, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan visited the site of the plane crash in Model Colony and inspected the damage caused due to the incident.

    PIA chief executive officer Arshad Malik, members of the National and Sindh assemblies were also with him.

    The governor met with the locals and volunteers engaged in rescue and relief work. PIA chief Arshad Malik informed the governor that all bodies were recovered from the wreckage while two persons were rescued alive after the crash.

    He appreciated the quick response of the armed forces and Pakistan Rangers carrying out rescue work.

    “On the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan Qasr-e-Naz and Airport Hotel of the PIA have been reserved for legal heirs of crash victim and families who lost their houses in the incident for their accommodation,” he said while talking to reporters.

    “On PM’s directives, Rs one million each would be given to the heirs of deceased, while the amount of insurance compensation would also to be paid. It is a miracle that no life was lost on the ground despite the fact that plane crashed in a thickly-populated area.”

    Later, the Sindh governor visited the Askari-IV residence of Ansar Naqvi, a senior journalist and director news of a private TV channel, who was among the victims of the plane crash.

    “The Sindh governor expressed his condolences to Shehryar and Shazin, sons of the deceased journalist,” said a statement issued from the Governor House. “The plane crash is a big tragedy and is a great shock especially to the families of the victims. Ansar Naqvi was a senior journalist as well as a very good man who was always ready to teach his juniors.”

    He also visited the residence of Yahya Polani, the owner of Polani Travels, and offered condolences to him on the death of his nephew Zain Polani, his wife and three children in a plane crash.

    “It’s a great shock to the Polani family as an entire family has [been] affected in the incident,” the statement quoted Governor Ismail as saying.

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    The Sindh government has prohibited the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) from taking DNA samples from the bodies of passengers aboard PIA’s flight PK-8303, which had crashed on Friday afternoon near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, Geo News reported citing sources.

    The PIA Airbus A-320 jet with 99 people onboard, of whom two miraculously survived, had crashed into a crowded residential area after twice trying to land at the airport. The actual reason for the crash remains unknown as the investigations remain underway.

    Sources in the PFSA informed Geo News that upon the request of Punjab, Sindh had permitted the agency to collect samples of a senior bureaucrat, Khalid Sher Dil. Meanwhile, the agency has also taken blood samples of the deceased government official’s brother and mother.

    Until all the bodies have undergone a DNA test, it won’t be possible to hand them over to their actual heirs, sources said.

    The PFSA had reached Karachi after orders from the Punjab government on Saturday, sources said.

    Meanwhile, an investigation team of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reached the site of the crash today where it began the process of collecting forensic samples.

    The debris of the plane, cars, and homes will be removed stepwise after the forensic team completes its task.

    Furthermore, law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the site as rescue operations remain underway.

    Separately, Sindh Rangers spokesperson said that the passengers' belongings, including electronic items, mobile phones, gold, artificial jewellry, and expensive stuff, recovered from the crash site had been handed over to PIA officials.

    At least Rs30 million, 70 pounds, and 625 dollars were recovered as well, while a list of the recovered items has also been drafted, the spokesperson added.

    Read more: Preliminary report of PIA plane crash raises serious questions

    Sindh government said that 34 bodies have been identified and all of those have been handed over to the families.

    In addition, Chippa rescue personnel have said that 31 dead bodies have been identified so far, while at least 44 corpses were brought in the morgue out of which 14 have been handed over to the family and 29 remain unidentified.

    A spokesperson for Edhi welfare said that 53 bodies had been brought in the organisation’s morgue from which 12 have been handed over to the family, four will be handed over later today, while 37 remain unidentified.

    A day earlier, PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Khan said that the process of identification and handing over bodies to the families is underway.

    Abdullah Khan said that according to PIA laws, the families will get Rs500,000 in compensation.

    The spokesman said that the airline’s district managers will visit the homes of crash victims and issue compensation for the burial process.

    Prime Minster Imran Khan had issued special directives under which one million rupees per deceased person will be given separately to the heirs of the victims.

    Preliminary report of PIA plane crash raises serious questions

    Air crash investigators are trying to figure out if the PIA flight PK-8303 crash incident is attributable to a pilot error or technical fault, with new information giving rise to fresh questions regarding the circumstances of the incident, The News reports.

    It is believed that a full report can be made public in three months. Meanwhile, a preliminary report has raised questions about the pilot's handling of the incident and what prevented the cockpit from informing air traffic controllers at the Jinnah International Airport about the plane's troubles.

    According to the report, prepared by the CAA, the plane's engines had scraped the runway thrice on the pilot's first attempt to land the plane, causing friction and sparks. Three long marks have been observed and recorded by the CAA's experts on the runway.

    According to sources in the CAA, the plane's engines first made contact with the ground at the 4,500 feet marker, followed a second time at the 5,500 feet marker and a third time at the 7,000 feet marker. However, though the engines touched the ground, the aircraft's belly at no point to make contact with the runway.

    After the third impact, the pilot took the aircraft off into the air again, which officials found very strange as the cockpit did not inform air traffic control of any problem with the landing gear when it was already clear that it was the reason why it couldn't land properly.

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    ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Bank of Punjab Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zafar Masud, who was among the only two survivors of Friday's PIA plane crash, has written a letter to his employees, vowing to work for their welfare and to serve Pakistan.

    In his letter, Masud said: "This incident [PIA plane crash] has further strengthened my resolve to work with more zeal and fervor for the welfare of all of you. It is high time to make a pledge to continue caring about each other and work for the growth of our Bank."

    Thanking God for giving him a second chance at life, the CEO wrote: "I believe that Allah Swt has given me a second life and I wish to make the most of it by serving my country, this Institution, and working for the betterment of all of you."

    PIA Flight PK-8303, an Airbus A320 jet that was carrying 99 people, had crashed Friday into Karachi's Model Colony — a crowded residential area — after twice attempting to land at the Jinnah International Airport.

    The actual reason for the crash remains unknown as the investigations remain underway.

    Speaking of his health, Masud said he had "sustained only a few injuries" and that he would soon return and be among his employees to work for "progress and prosperity of the bank".

    "This was indeed a horrific incident which resulted in the loss of around 97 precious live including passengers and aircrew," he said. "I express my deepest condolences on behalf of The Bank of Punjab to families of passengers and aircrew members who have lost their lives.

    "I pray to Allah to grant them highest ranks in eternal life and also give solace to bereaved families," he added.

    Masud believes that he was "lucky" to survive that plane crash and he credits his family and friends for their prayers.

    "Reliving the ordeal of ill-fated plane, I found myself very lucky to survive against all odds. I strongly believe that this was all due to the prayers of my family, friends, and specially thousands of members of the BOP family," he said.

    "I am very proud of all staff members of my BOP team and grateful for their prayers and best wishes. I also feel proud that I am heading an institution where everyone cares about each other," Masud wrote.

    Air crash investigators are trying to figure out if the PIA flight PK-8303 crash incident is attributable to a pilot error or technical fault, with new information giving rise to fresh questions regarding the circumstances of the incident, according to a report in The News.

    It is believed that a full report can be made public in three months.

    Meanwhile, a preliminary report has raised questions about the pilot's handling of the incident and what prevented the cockpit from informing air traffic controllers at the Jinnah International Airport about the plane's troubles.

    According to the report, prepared by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the plane's engines had scraped the runway thrice on the pilot's first attempt to land the plane, causing friction and sparks.

    Three long marks have been observed and recorded by the PCAA's experts on the runway. According to sources in the PCAA, the plane's engines first made contact with the ground at the 4,500-feet marker, followed a second time at the 5,500-feet marker, and a third time at the 7,000-feet marker.

    However, although the engines touched the ground, the aircraft's belly at no point to make contact with the runway.

    After the third impact, the pilot took the aircraft off into the air again, which officials found very strange as the cockpit did not inform air traffic control of any problem with the landing gear when it was already clear that it was the reason why it could not land properly.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/289721-bop...ia-plane-crash

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    svg%3EThe passenger death toll from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, which crashed on Friday afternoon in Karachi, rose to 97 on Saturday, marking it as the third most catastrophic aviation disaster in Pakistan’s history.

    Authorities on Saturday confirmed that Muhammad Zubair and Zafar Masood were the only survivors of the ill-fated aircraft, while 97 other passengers, including 26 women, 68 men and three children, were among the dead.

    Sharing details of the bodies carried to different hospitals for procedures, it was mentioned that 66 bodies (20 women, 43 men and three children) were moved to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC), of those 16 could be identified while 50 remained unidentified. Thirty-one bodies were carried to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, which included six of women and 25 men. Twenty-eight of them remained unidentified while three were identified as that of Major Sheriyar, Lt Balaj and Syed Danish Shah. The DNA identification process has been initiated and on completion of the sample collection, 11 bodies were moved to Edhi mortuary, 18 to Chippa and two to CMH-Malir. “DNA samples were taken from the bodies before being shifted to the morgues,” officials said, adding that 96 bodies were at the morgues, while one had been handed over to the deceased’s relatives.

    One of the two survivors with burn injuries is under treatment at Burns Centre, Civil Hospital Karachi and the other at a private hospital.

    The Karachi-bound flight from Lahore had been seconds away from landing at the Karachi airport when it crashed in the residential Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, right outside the airport’s boundary wall. Ninety-nine were aboard the plane when it crashed into a narrow residential street, dealing significant damage to houses in a densely populated area. Thankfully, there were no deaths on the ground.

    According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 25 houses in Model Colony, the site of the crash, had been cleared and the residents had been accommodated at various places with the assistance of the civil administration.

    Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said those whose houses were damaged in the crash have been shifted to the hotel situated within the airport premises. He said that those who cannot be accommodated will be shited to Qasar-e-Naz guest house. “The examination revealed damage of low magnitude which is nothing short of a miracle,” he said, and added that the prime minister is ‘quite serious’ about the inquiry report and that the matter should be investigated same as the sugar crisis.

    Funeral prayers of Farhan Qadir, a victim of Karachi air crash, were offered in Ghotki and he was buried at a graveyard in his native Adilpur town. Textile engineer Farhan Qadir, 25, was one of the passengers of ill-fated PK-8303, which crashed near airport in Karachi on Friday. The young engineer’s mortal remains were brought to Adilpur near Ghotki and after funeral prayers, he was laid to rest at local graveyard.

    At least 19 victims killed in the crash have been identified so far, confirmed a spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department on Saturday. A sample collection unit for DNA tests of plane crash victims and their families has been established at Forensic DNA Lab University of Karachi.

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    KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - As Fazal Rahmaan, 80 and his wife, Wahida Rahmaan, 74, boarded a plane in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Friday, their family’s biggest fear was that they might get catch the coronavirus on their way to spend the holiday in Karachi.

    Instead the couple, who had been married for 54 years, were among the 97 people killed when an Airbus A320, operated by Pakistan International Airlines, crashed into a Karachi neighbourhood - Pakistan’s worst air disaster since 2012.

    “We held many calls deliberating with doctors and family ... Our biggest concern was that they made the trip safely,” said their son, Inam Ur Rahmaan, who instead of welcoming his parents for the Eid al-Fitr holiday found himself picking through the wreckage of flight PK8303 praying for a miracle.

    “I got in my car and followed the smoke and the ambulances,” said Rahmaan.

    “When I saw the area, I realised that it would be a miracle if they had made it.”

    There were two survivors from onboard the aircraft, while no fatalities were reported on the ground in the densely packed neighbourhood of multi-story homes abutting the eastern edge of Jinnah International Airport where the plane came down.

    More than two dozen homes were damaged as the airliner roared in, leaving a tangle of severed electric cables and exposed rebar - a broken wing rested against the side of a home, an engine on the ground nearby.

    The jet fuel set the wreckage ablaze, along with homes and vehicles, sending black smoke into the sky, a Reuters witness said.

    Crowds rushed to the site, relatives searching for loved ones, rescue workers and the curious. Scores of ambulances and fire-engines jammed the narrow, debris-cluttered streets.

    One rescue worker told Reuters two bodies were found with oxygen masks on. Many bodies pulled from the wreckage were charred beyond recognition.

    The airline’s chief executive said on Friday the last message from the pilot indicated a technical problem. A team from Airbus is due to arrive on Monday to investigate, a PIA spokesman said.

    “They’ll provide all possible assistance including decoding the black box,” the spokesman Khan, referring to the flight data recorder.

    Shahid Ahmed, 45, was at the airport waiting for his mother to arrive. When he reached the crash site he saw rescuers retrieving bodies and people taking selfies.

    “There was no one responsible at the site, people were busy posing for pictures,” said a distraught Ahmed, who lost his mother, Dishad Begum, 75, who was also flying to Karachi for Eid.

    After scouring the site and failing to find his mother, Ahmed went to look for her in hospitals.

    “There was no list of the dead or injured at any of the hospitals, it was all chaos and mismanagement,” said Ahmed, who sobbed as he recounted the ordeal.

    “Searching for our mother’s body was a nightmare.”

    One of the survivors, engineer Muhammad Zubair, told Geo News the pilot came down to land, briefly touched down, then pulled up again.

    He announced he was going to make to make a second try shortly before the plane crashed, Zubair said from hospital.

    “I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn’t see any people – just hear their screams,” he said.

    Rahmaan said his family was still in shock.

    “There’s no Eid in our home,” he said.

    Rahmaan said he took some comfort from knowing his parents always wanted to be with each other.

    “Whatever’s happened, whatever the reason behind it, they always wanted to be together. At the end, they were together.”

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    LAHORE: The Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) collected DNA samples of 52 victims of the ill-fated PK8303 flight, a day after Sindh government refused to let the agency collect them.

    PFSA Director-General Dr Muhammad Tahir Ashraf confirmed that the agency had collected DNA samples from Karachi and returned to Lahore.

    "DNA samples of 52 deceased individuals and their families have been obtained," he confirmed. "We will start releasing DNA reports after Wednesday."

    On the other hand, Sindh Forensic and DNA Laboratory Karachi University said that samples from 67 victims of the PIA plane crash have been provided by their families.

    Sindh prohibits PFSA from taking DNA samples from PIA plane crash victims
    The PFSA had reached Karachi to obtain DNA samples after orders from the Punjab government on Saturday

    Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho had said that Sindh had its own Forensic/Genome Lab at Karachi University where the DNA sampling of all the unidentified plane crash victims will take place.

    “We also have a lab at Liaquat University Jamshoro,” Pechuho had said.

    She said that the team that arrived from Punjab had come to investigate the aircraft specifics, not the bodies.

    “Sindh is capable of conducting the DNA sampling and the Governor [Imran Ismail] should not politicise such a tragedy by giving out statements without having complete knowledge,” she had further said.

    The PIA Airbus A-320 jet with 99 people onboard, of whom two miraculously survived, had crashed into a crowded residential area after twice trying to land at the airport on Friday. The actual reason for the crash remains unknown as investigations remain underway.

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    The government has assured the family of late PIA pilot Sajjad Gul of a “transparent inquiry” into the tragedy after his father raised doubts on the probe being conducted by the airline.

    Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah on Tuesday met with the father of the deceased PIA official and said that a transparent investigation will be conducted into Karachi plane crash as per the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    According to a Radio Pakistan report, he made the remarks during his visit to the residence of the pilot in Lahore where he condoled with the bereaved family and offered fateha for the departed soul.

    “The country lost national assets in the form of precious lives in the plane crash, Ijaz Shah said, adding, “the death of Captain Sajjad Gul is a major loss not only to the PIA but the entire country.”

    On Monday, the father of the PIA pilot had said he does not have "an ounce of faith" in the airline's inquiry into the tragic plane crash which left 97 dead — including his son.

    Addressing a media briefing alongside Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Gul Muhammad Bhatti said it "pains him to say that the PIA's top hierarchy itself is leaking bits of the inquiry report and blaming people left and right for negligence".

    He said that they (PIA) are "not trustworthy people" and are "not fit to conduct an inquiry".

    "Those people are not professional and are not good people.

    "Just one day prior you called him a national hero.

    "He has logged in 17,000 hours. He is the only pilot to have completed 1,000 hours in a year [...] he is a thorough professional," said the aggrieved father.

    Bhatti said that he has faith, however, in the assurances given by the governor who has said he "stands with him" and in the prime minister.

    He said no remarks must be made until the black box's contents come forward and he will comment "if justice is not done".

    The team of renowned plane manufacturing company, Airbus, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to investigate the recent crash of one of its own manufactured aircraft in Karachi.

    Airbus team kicks off probe

    A Airbus team visited the site on today where the PK-8303 flight had crashed. The technical team inspected the houses that were damaged by the crash.

    The Airbus team was briefed about the crash by PIA and fire department officials. The Aircraft Accident and Investigation team were present with the Airbus technical team as well to ascertain the situation.

    The technical experts studied the remains of the plane and inspected the engines, landing gear, wings and flight control system of the aircraft.

    The team inspected the Jinnah International Airport runway later and are expected to visit the control tower as well.

    Airbus is conducting an independent investigation into the crash, which reportedly happened due to an engine failure.

    The team of technical advisers left for Pakistan on board special flight AEB1888 of Airbus A330 from French city, Toulouse.

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