A Pakistan International Airlines plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. File / AFP
Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi. AP
It is estimated that 98 people were aboard the Airbus A-320 aircraft when it crashed, including 91 passengers and seven crew members.
As the news broke, many including celebs took to social media and mourned the tragic incident.
The news has led to an outpouring of grief: the tragedy of the incident compounded by the fact that the festival of Eid was just around the corner, and many of the victims were likely returning to their families to celebrate.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he is “shocked and saddened” by the crash.
He said he is in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik who is on his way to Karachi, adding “this is the priority right now.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he is “deeply grieved” over the “devastating plane crash” with so many people minutes away from being home for Eid. He said his prayers are with all the families.
“We are in midst of grave challenges as a nation and in these times of trial we must show resolve and unity,” the foreign minister said.
Sports journalist Zainab Abbas expressed sorrow at the incident.
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also expressed shock and deep grief over the PIA crash.
The PPP chairman called for urgent rescue operations and offered condolences and prayers for those whose loved ones were on board. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the painful incident has grieved the entire country ahead of Eid.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to President Arif Alvi of Pakistan for the victims of the plane crash in Karachi.
The crash site was so congested that the rescue workers had to break portion of a wall to reach the crashed plane. Authorities suspended power as overhead electricity wires and a power grid were creating hurdles in the movement of rescue cranes.
Reports of her demise started circulating on social media on Friday night; Frieha Altaf was one of the first to share the tragic news on Twitter: However, Abid's brother, Daani was still waiting on an official update from the authorities then.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.