About 177 passengers had a lucky escape on Wednesday when the plane they were travelling in crashes and broke into three pieces.
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.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on Friday afternoon after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, the airline said.
After the aircraft reportedly called off an earlier attempt to land and went around for a second attempt, a controller radioed the pilot of flight 8303 that he appeared to be turning left, suggesting he was off-course.
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.
Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses were destroyed in the crash of the domestic flight operated by PIA. He said all those on board died, but two civil aviation officials later said that at least two people survived the crash.
PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate on April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted. It said "the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards.
This initiative is part of the UAE's commitment to cooperating with countries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in order to bolster global efforts to curb the virus’ spread.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the airplane was on a routine operational training mission. Major Umer, an instructor pilot, and Lieutenant Faizan, a student pilot, were martyred during the crash, the ISPR said. “Major Umer survived by wife,” ISPR said.
The incident in Quebec was captured on film by witness Mathieu Leclerc and shows the aeroplane coming down lower and lower over the roadway, until eventually it becomes clear this is not just a low pass or an accident, but a well-controlled landing.