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Pakistan plane with 98 on board crashes

People gather near the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Karachi yesterday. - AFP
People gather near the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Karachi yesterday. - AFP

A Pakistani plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, killing several people on the ground.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) 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.

Rescue workers and local residents pulled people from the debris, as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. An AFP reporter witnessed charred bodies being loaded into ambulances.

Residents near the scene said their walls shook before a big explosion erupted as the plane slammed into their neighbourhood.

Abdul Sattar Khokhar, a spokesman for the country’s aviation authority, said the Airbus A320 was travelling from Lahore to Karachi.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash, tweeting that he was in touch with the state airline’s chief executive. “Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” he wrote on Twitter. -AFP


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