Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes near Karachi Airport

A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying about 100 people crashed Friday near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Airbus A320 aircraft was on route from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport.

Before the crash, the pilot had informed the control tower that one of the plane’s two engines had failed. The control tower told the pilot that two runways were clear for landing, but air traffic control lost communication with the crew and the plane crashed shortly after.

The crash comes just days after Pakistan started allowing commercial flights to resume after the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to BBC, emergency services are in attendance, and a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers have arrived on site to assist in rescue efforts. There is no word yet on casualties.

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