Death toll rises above 80 in PIA plane crash in Pakistan

An Airbus A320 plane of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 99 passengers on board and about eight crew members crashed on May 22 in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi.

No official word has been released for the cause of the unfortunate incident and Pakistan’s Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, has formed a committee to probe into the incident and identify elements behind the crash.

The police said that the death toll of a passenger plane crash has soared to more than 80, while seven others, including people aboard and those on the ground were injured. Rescue operation is continued.

The police added that the rescue teams shifted 48 bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, and 32 others to the Civil Hospital Karachi. They said that most of the bodies have been burnt beyond recognition and will be identified by DNA testing.

The PIA Spokesperson, Abdullah Hafeez, said that the PIA flight PK-8303 took off from the Allama Iqbal International Airport in the eastern city of Lahore, at 1:08 pm local time on May 22 and crashed at 2:45 pm.

According to Director, Management of Operations PIA, Jawad Haider, the plane was not fully loaded due to COVID-19 safety measures.

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