A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, flying from Lahore to Karachi, crashed near the port city’s airport in the densely populated area of Model Colony on Friday.
The number of casualties has not been confirmed by officials yet.
PIA flight PK8303 had 99 passengers and eight crew members on board during the time of the incident. The crash caused significant damage in the residential area and reportedly destroyed four residences.
As the news broke, many including celebs took to social media and mourned the tragic incident.
Deeply saddened about the plane crash in Karachi. May Allah grant jannat to those who have passed away and give their familes the strength to deal with the loss. And may Allah bless the survivors with health. Ameen— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) May 22, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about the plane crash in Karachi. Prayers for all the families who lost their loved ones:(— Bilal Ashraf (@IamBilalAshraf) May 22, 2020
PIA plane crash. Another devastating news of the year. Prayers for the deceased and their families. Heartbreaking. 2020, can’t you just .....! pic.twitter.com/ivBDaaKGdt— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) May 22, 2020
Prayers and condolences for all those who have lost their lives.— manshapasha (@manshapasha) May 22, 2020
May Allah give them strength. Ameen.
What horrific news on this, the last jummah before Eid.— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) May 22, 2020
I can't even begin to imagine the devastation caused by the crash.
Hoping and praying for survivors.
The Scenes coming from site are devastating!💔— Dr. Shaista Lodhi (@IamShaistaLodhi) May 22, 2020
And the Fact these people might coming from Lahore to Karachi to Spend Eid with their Loved ones,
I just can't Explain my pain in Words 😭#planecrash
پی آئی اے کا طیارہ ایئرپورٹ کے قریب حادثے کا شکار۔ پرواز لاہور سے کراچی جا رہی تھی۔— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 22, 2020
طیارہ آبادی پر گرا۔ دعا ہے کہ کم سے کم جانی نقصان ہو۔
انا لله وانا اليھ راجعون #PIAPlaneCrash
Shocked to hear about today's horrific incident. #PIA flight crashed moments ago, Allah bless the souls of the departed my prayers with the families of the ones who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident. #PIAPlanCrash— Ahmad Ali Butt (@ahmedaliB) May 22, 2020
I have Called off my show today due to the tragic incident of PIA PK8303. Its a really sad day my heart goes out to all the victims & for those they leave behind really sorry for your loss.— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) May 22, 2020
I’m extremely saddened to hear about PIA crash. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. May Allah grant them higher place in Jannah. Ameen🙏@Official_PIA— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) May 22, 2020
Confirming the unfortunate incident, a senior official of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the rescue operation was underway. “It is too early to say anything. We are collecting details of passengers.”
A PIA spokesperson, speaking to a private TV channel, said the aircraft lost communication with the ground staff at 2:37pm and crashed around a minute before landing.
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