Pakistani officials say at least 41 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) aircraft with 99 people on board crashed into a residential area in the southern port city of Karachi after experiencing technical problems.
Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, crashed on May 22 on approach to the city's Jinnah International Airport. The Airbus A320 was traveling from the eastern city of Lahore.
'Forty-one dead are confirmed in the plane crash,' PIA Chief Executive Arshad Malik told a news conference.
Malik said Pakistan's independent safety investigations agency would probe the crash.
Officials said there were at least two survivors from the plane, and it was unknown how many people on the ground were injured, with at least five houses destroyed.
Rescue workers search the wreckage in Karachi on May 22.
The provincial chief minister declared an emergency in all of Karachi's hospitals after the crash, whose cause is yet to be confirmed.
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.
A reporter for Geo TV told RFE/RL that they could see a fire on the plane while it was still in the air, before it crashed into buildings on the ground.
Witnesses said the jet appeared to attempt to land two or three times before going down.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was 'shocked and saddened' by the tragedy and promised an 'immediate' investigation.
According to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.com, the Airbus A320 was 15 years old.
The crash occurred as Muslims are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this weekend -- the breaking of the Ramadan fast, with many Pakistanis travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.
It also came days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume following a coronavirus lockdown.
Pakistan has been the scene of frequent military and civilian plane crashes over the years.
In 2016, a PIA plane burst into flames while travelling from northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing 47 people.
With reporting by the BBC, AFP, Reuters, and Dawn
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