'Deeply saddened': PM Modi expresses grief after Pakistan plane with 107 on board crashes in Karachi
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief over the plane crash in Pakistan that reportedly killed all 107 people on board and said that he is wishing for speedy recovery to those who were injured in the horrific incident.
"Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan. Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured," PM Modi tweeted.
The Pakistan plane, that crashed near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members. Following the incident, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said that all 107 people onboard were killed in the incident, reported AP.
Expressing grief over the incident, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that an immediate inquiry will be instituted. "Shocked and saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi and with the rescue and relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers and condolences go to families of the deceased," he tweeted.
The flight PK 803 was coming from Lahore to Karachi after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed limited resumption of domestic flights last Saturday following weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Television channels showed several houses and cars damaged in the society where the aircraft crashed.
The plane lost contact with the airport at 2.37 PM (local time), PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said, adding that it was too early to say about the technical problems faced by the plane.
It was not immediately known how many people were injured on the ground. Media reports showed that up to 10 houses and some vehicles were damaged.
PIA Chairman Arshad Malik said that the pilot told the control tower about having a technical problem. The pilot was informed that two airports were available for landing he decided to go for a round and crashed.
The Pakistan Army and the Air Force have sent their teams for carrying out rescue and relief operations, the CAA said.
The PIA aircraft was flown by Captain Sajjad Gul. The incident occurred on a day when Pakistan's interior ministry announced Eid holidays from May 22 to May 27.
(With PTI inputs)
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