Speaking to Republic TV, PIA spokesperson confirmed that the death toll in the crash has increased to 37.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2020
I’m sorry to hear about the air crash in Pakistan in which many lives have been lost. News of survivors is a ray of hope & I pray that there are many miraculous stories of survival tonight. My deepest condolences to the families of those who have perished.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 22, 2020
Saddened at the tragic #planecrash in Karachi. My thoughts & prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. May God give them the strength to deal with this terrible loss.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 22, 2020
According to the PIA's passenger list, 51 men, 31 women and nine children were aboard the flight. 40 have been resuced so far, state sources.
PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik said that the pilot, in his last words, had communicated to the control tower that there was a technical fault with the aircraft. "The pilot was told that both runways were ready for him to land. However, the pilot decided to do a go-around. Why did he do that, due to what technical reason, that we will find out," he said, before hopping on a plane to Karachi, reports Geo TV
Condoling the bereaved families of the victims of the PIA plane crash, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Friday, expressed his grief. He added that he was in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik who has left for Karachi with rescue and relief teams. He also assured that an immediate inquiry will be instituted, to ascertain the reason for the crash.
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
In a major development, a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight on its way from Lahore to Karachi, crashed in the area near Jinnah International Airport on Friday, according to Civil Aviation Authority sources. The flight had 98 people - 91 passengers and 7 crew members onboard, report sources. The plane crashed just a minute before landing in Karachi.
Sources report that the Pakistan Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops have arrived at the crash site to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts. The plane has crash-landed inside a residential colony, near the airport, as per sources. The Pakistan Army's COAS has directed provision of full assistance to civil administration in rescue/ relief effort and has condoled the loss of lives in the crash.
Update #PIA Incident:— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 22, 2020
Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts.
Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.
The PIA Airbus A320 had 98 people on board including 91 passengers and seven flight crew, the report quoted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources as saying. Minister of Health and Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi after the incident, Dawn news quoted Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the Sindh health minister, as saying. The fate of the people was not immediately known.
On Saturday - May 16, Pakistan resumed domestic flight operations in a phased manner as the government eased the nationwide-lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The resumption of the domestic flight services under strict restrictions from five major airports on Saturday came as the Pakistan government last week said that it would begin a phased lifting of the lockdown due to its effect on the economy and the workforce, the Geo News reported. The ban on international flight operations, meanwhile, has been extended until May 31.
Currently Pakistan has 50,694 cases with 1067 fatalities and 15,201 recoveries. On Friday a record 2,603 more patients were diagnosed with the Covid-19 disease with 50 fatalities. Pakistan authorities also carried out a record 16,387 tests, taking the total number of tests so far in the country to 445,987.
Planning Minister Asad Umar has said that 30,000 tests per day would be sufficient for Pakistan to control the spread of the deadly virus. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that people “will have to learn to live with the coronavirus until a vaccine is developed”. Pakistan had announced a month-long lockdown and began easing it on May 9 in a phased manner.