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Pakistan civilian plane crashes while landing at Karachi airport with 98 passengers and crew on board

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, on its way from Lahore to Karachi, crashed in the vicinity of Jinnah International Airport on the evening of May 22nd, according to Civil Aviation Authority sources, reports the Pakistani media.

PIA sources informed that 98 people were aboard the plane, including 91 passengers and seven flight crew.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, PIA flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed.

Black smoke could be seen from afar at the crash site.

PIA sources informed that 98 people were aboard the plane, including 91 passengers and seven flight crew.

The plane reportedly developed a problem with its landing gear

The plane reportedly developed a problem with its landing gear, which led to the unfortunate accident. CAA sources said that its communication was cut off with the plane a minute before it was supposed to land.

The captain of the plane made a Mayday call just before the crash, and according to the audio played on Geo News, the pilot can be clearly heard saying that the 'plane lost its engines'.

Troops from the Pakistan Army's Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrived at the crash site shortly after to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.

Rescue officials are reportedly facing dificulty in rescue operations as  the streets are narrow and a huge crowd has gathered near the site of the incident.

Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed.

Black smoke could be seen from afar at the crash site.

'Too early to point out cause of crash'

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said that said that the airline was receiving information in real time.

He said that it was premature to point out any technical fault in the plane and an independent institution will carry out an investigation to ascertain the cause of the crash.

Rescue sources said that 15-20 persons have been recovered from the crash site. The body of a 5-year-old was also found from the site. "Due to the rush, we are encountering difficulties in carrying out relief.

Senior journalist Ansar Naqvi, who used to work for The News and was currently working for Channel 24 as its Director Programming, also died in the crash.

The PIA has released a passenger list, according to which 51 men, 31 women and nine children were aboard the PK-8303 flight.

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