"I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn't see any people - just hear their screams," he said. Rahman said his family was still in shock.
The report states that air traffic control issued a second warning to the pilot to lower the plane's altitude. However, the pilot responded again by stating that he was satisfied and would handle the situation, saying he was ready for landing.
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.
Federal investigators were being sent to the site at Coulter Field Airport, about 85 miles (137 kilometres) northwest of Houston, to begin investigating the cause of the crash, Waggener said.
Relations between the US and China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid disputes over a myriad of issues including trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.
Craig Gifford, 52, is a competitive aerobatic pilot, which involves flying aircraft in a series of maneuvers.
More than 3,600 rescue personnel, 13 helicopters, 54 large ships and 20 small boats are searching the area just north of Jakarta where Flight 182 crashed and have found parts of the plane and human remains in the water at a depth of 23 metres.
The aircraft had 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board. As seen in a video shot from inside the aircraft, the right engine of the Boeing 777-200 was ablaze.