• Patrick McBride

Pakistani passenger plane down

- Three survivors from those onboard PK8303.

- Local media says 35 bodies recovered so far.

- PIA asked to provide shelter to those whose houses destroyed in plane crash.

- Authorities still unsure about on-ground injuries due to plane crash in residential area.

Minister for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan has expressed condolences to the family members of the passengers of the PIA flight PK-8303 which crashed near Jinnah International Airport Karachi overnight NZ time.

Air Marshal Arshad Malik, CEO PIA briefed a meeting regarding the tragic incident. He explained that Captain Sajjad Gull was senior most A320 pilot with extensive flight experience.

The aircraft involved in crash was 16 years old and was in very good condition. It joined the PIA fleet on dry lease six years ago. It underwent its major A-check in March 2020.

The aircraft carried out eight flights since 21st March, 2020 when the domestic and international flights were suspended in view of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

CEO of PIA informed that an Airport Hotel shall be available for stay of the family members of the passengers of the ill-fated aircraft. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Minister for Aviation will visit Karachi today in order to have detailed meeting with the Civil Aviation Authority and the PIA Management.