“Horrifying, tragic”: 37 confirmed dead after passenger plane loses 2 engines, crashes on approach in Pakistan

by Peter Heck · May 22nd, 2020 12:00 pm

An Airbus A320 operated by Pakistan International Airlines crashed with nearly 100 people on board as it approached Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday, killing at least 37 people.

The crash, which occurred just a minute before its attempted landing, according to initial reports, happened in a densely populated residential area called Model Colony just two miles from the airport.

Dunya News in Pakistan said it had obtained a recording of pilot communications with air traffic control that indicated the plane was experiencing "technical difficulties" on approach. The pilot allegedly reports having "lost two engines" before declaring, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday."

Eyewitnesses said both engines were on fire as the plane came down, its tail smashing into a four-story building before erupting in flames. Initial reports that had indicated no survivors proved to be wrong as several began to emerge on social media. Current reports have confirmed 37 deaths and four survivors.

Shiv Aroor, the senior editor of India Today, posted video of black smoke rising from the Jinnah Garden area of the city.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted his condolences early Friday morning.


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