A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft crashed near the port city’s airport in the densely populated area of Model Colony during Ramazan on Jummatul Wida, May 22, 2020.
Flying from Lahore to Karachi, the 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 houses.
Not to forget, it also took the life of model Zara Abid along with 96 others. Taking place two days before Eid, the horrendous crash left several Pakistanis and the entertainment fraternity in dire shock and incapable of celebrating the occasion with the same fervour.
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Following this, several people paid tributes to the lives lost while the late model dominated the news for three consecutive days and just today, designer Maheen Khan has spoken up against the airline.
"I'm never flying @Official_PIA again," she tweeted a week after the incident.
The restless innovator who has spend 48 years in Pakistan's fashion industry further elaborated on her decision.
"For over 30 years jobs have been given in PIA to political favourites or their relatives. Shocking that an airline is run by sifarashies (nepotism)."
She further reiterated in disappointed, "Shameful disregard for lives alive or not as seen in the way the bereaved families are being treated after the crash."
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Footage of a woman imploring Prime Minister Imran Khan to help the victims’ families of the PIA crash also went viral earlier. “What if you lost your children in the plane crash…how would you react then,” a teary-eyed citizen addressed the PM in the video that spread like wildfire.
The citizen added that the families of victims would only get a semblance of closure if they were able to put their loved ones to rest. She claimed that the authorities have so far done nothing to help the bereaved.
The plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from some distance away.
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