PIA A320 Crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 has reportedly crashed into a residential area near Karachi.

BBC News is reporting that the jet, which was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International, was carrying 98 people.

A PIA spokesperson, quoted by Reuters confirmed that there were 98 people on board the aircraft including 91 passengers and seven crew.

Pictures shared on social media show rising smoke plumes from a crash site.

The aircraft reported to be involved was an Airbus A320, registration AP-BLD (c/n 2274). The 15-year-old example was delivered to the airline in October 2014 and was configured to seat 174 passengers in a single-class layout.

PIA A320
The jet reported to be involved is AP-BLD (c/n 2274), an Airbus A320. AirTeamImages.com/Markus Mainka

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash adding that an “immediate inquiry will be instituted”.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, flight PK8303 crashed during landing in Karachi. After taking off from Lahore at 08:05 UTC, the aircraft made a landing attempt at 09:34 that was aborted at 275ft. The jet then climbed up to 3125ft before signal was lost at 09:40 at 525ft.  

Map PK8303
Flight PK8303 was flying from Lahore located in north eastern Pakistan, to Karachi near the Arabian Sea. OpenStreetMap

This is a developing story, Key.Aero has not independently verified the reports.