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97 killed in Pakistan plane crash, two survive

News Desk : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2020-05-23 1:26:51 PM     ||     Updated: 2020-05-23 2:45:04 PM

At least 97 people have been killed after an Airbus A320 passenger airliner crashed into a residential neighbourhood while on approach to the airport in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say.

At least two male passengers of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi survived the crash on Friday, a health ministry spokeswoman said.

There were at least 91 passengers on board the plane, according to an official passenger manifest shared with media by the officials.

Health ministry spokeswoman Meeran Yousuf told media by telephone that 97 people have died, with 66 bodies kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi's largest government hospital and 31 at Civil Hospital Karachi, another leading state-run hospital.

Yousuf said the two survivors were being treated at the hospitals in Karachi, while 19 bodies have been identified so far.

Several people who were on the ground when the airliner crashed into houses in the densely populated Model Colony area of Karachi, adjacent to the city's international airport, were being treated for their injuries, she added.