Karachi | Jagran News Desk: At least 97 people were killed after a plane carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan’s Karachi on Friday, said the authorities while adding that there are two survivors.

The officials said that the plane, a Pakistani International Airline (PIA) Airbus A320, crashed into the Jinnah Housing Society located near the airport, just minutes before its landing.

Here are ten things you need to know about the plane crash in Pakistan:

1. The authorities said that they have discovered 97 bodies from the site of the crash so far while adding that there are two survivors including President of the Bank of Punjab Zafar Masood. However, it is still unclear if the deceased were all on board the flight or include residents of the area where the crash took place.

2. Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Welfare Trust said that around 25 to 30 residents whose houses were damaged by the plane have also been taken to the hospital, mostly with burn wounds. "At least 25 houses have been damaged in this incident," Edhi said.

3. PIA officials said that the pilot had informed the air traffic tower that he was having problems with the landing gear before disappearing from the radar. However, the exact cause of the crash is yet to be confirmed.

4. “The real cause of the mishap will be known after inquiry, which will be free and fair and it will be provided with media,” said PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik while adding that the entire operation will take two to three days to complete.

5. Pakistan has also set up a four-member board of inquiry to know the cause of the crash. The board has been asked to complete the probe within shortest possible time, according to an official notification by the Aviation Division of the government.

6. Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief and 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.

7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief and said, “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”.

8. This is the first major aircraft crash in Pakistan after December 7, 2016 when a PIA ATR-42 aircraft from Chitral to Islamabad crashed midway. The crash claimed the lives of all 48 passengers and the crew.

9. Friday's accident occurred on a day when the interior ministry announced Eid holidays from May 22 to May 27, even as the country was facing a spike in the coronavirus cases.

10. The COVID-19 cases in the country have crossed the 50,000-mark after a record 2,603 more patients were diagnosed on Thursday. The death toll stands at 1,067.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma