Many feared dead as PIA passenger plane crashes near Karachi

41 bodies recovered dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

Pakistan's civil aviation authority said there had been 91 passengers and eight crew on board the Airbus A320.

"The concern now is of casualties of people in the area".

"Our rescue workers have taken out 45 bodies from the remains of the aircraft", he said. Ambulances were on their way to the airport and there were reports of some injuries among residents on the ground.

An official who chose anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that "many" are feared dead.

He said only one survivor had been confirmed from the wreckage - the president of the Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masud.

"The plane started to shake close to landing".

The national flag-carrier is still continuing special flight operations to bring back more Pakistanis trapped in foreign countries following the suspension of flight operations due to coronavirus pandemic.

A senior civil aviation official said it appeared the plane was unable to open its wheels due to a technical fault prior to landing, but it was too early to determine the cause. "Technically, operationally everything was in place", Malik said, adding the plane was bought by the airline in 2014.

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"I can not confirm the cause of crash, CAA's investigation board will probe the incident and its report will be released on Saturday or a day after, after which I will be able to share the details", he said.

Footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the site of the crash.

"We are proceeding direct, sir - we have lost engine", a pilot said.

Gul's last word was "roger" in response to the control tower's directive that two runways are open for emergency landing.

The footages also show several houses and structures with severe damage and debris lining the streets. "I could not understand at the first moment what was happening", Rana Jawed, an eyewitness told reporters.

Airbus did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the crash.

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed shock and deep grief over the PIA crash and called for urgent rescue operations. "Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured", Modi said in a Twitter post.

Earlier, on Dec 7, 2016, an ATR-42 aircraft of the PIA crashed en route from northern Chitral district to capital Islamabad, claiming lives of all 48 passengers and crewmembers onboard.

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