His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has extended his sincere condolences to Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on the victims of Friday’s plane crash in a residential area in Karachi, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy and forgiveness on the dead and give strength to their families to bear the tragedy.
Pakistanis in the UAE have observed the Eid Al Fitr on a sombre note as the nation was coming to grips with a deadly plane crash in Karachi in which 97 people died and the pandemic of COVID-19 which so far has killed over 1,000 people across Pakistan.
The news of Pakistan International Airlines’ flight that was coming from Lahore to Karachi, and crashed near the port city’s airport in the densely populated area of Model Colony, is so painful and shocking (“Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97,” May 23, Gulf Today).
The F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing, which was on a routine training mission, crashed off the coast of northeast England at around 0940 local time (0840 GMT).
The plane was returning from a surveillance and reconnaissance mission late Wednesday, when it crashed into the Artos mountains in the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran, Suleyman Soylu told reporters.
UK search and rescue authorities are taking part in the search of the crash site. Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force base that hosts the US Air Force's 48th Fighter Wing, known as the Liberty Wing. The base is about 80 miles (130 kilometres) northeast of London.
A clip of the accident that went viral showed one of the helicopters falling into a wooded part of the city. The second helicopter landed on a school field.
Ambassador Kapoor said on Twitter, “Distressed to learn of this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and their families.”
The plane was coming in from Dubai and it overshot the runway as it landed. "Several passengers are injured," an Air India spokesman said.