Mon, 25 Jan 2021

Pakistan's aviation authority says a Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) aircraft with at least 99 passengers on board has crashed near a residential area in the southern port city of Karachi.

No details were immediately available on the fate of the passengers or the crew in the May 22 crash.

The Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that the crash involved an Airbus A320 flown by PIA that was traveling from Lahore to Karachi.

Photos and video posted on social media showed plumes of black smoke rising over a residential neighborhood not far from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport..

Witnesses said the jet appeared to attempt to land two or three times before going down.

The Reuters news agency quoted a spokesman with the airline as saying there were 107 passengers on board. It did not elaborate.

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