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Pakistan Plane Crash Kills 80, More Suspected Dead

Pakistan Plane Crash Kills 80, More Suspected Dead

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Earlier this month, Pakistan had lifted the countrywide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic, as large numbers of poor people and labourers in the country could not afford not working any longer.

Due to the lifting of the lockdown, transportation and travel in Pakistan had resumed. Yet a plane crash just days before the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr add a somber touch to festivities in Pakistan.

A total of 80 bodies have been recovered from the crashed plane in the southern city of Karachi on 22 May, with more suspected dead. There had been nearly 100 people — 91 passengers and 7 crew members — on board.

The plane from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had made multiple approaches to land at the city’s airport when it came down among the houses, devastating buildings and killing several people on ground.

There was only one confirmed survivor of the crash: Zafar Masud, the president of the Bank of Punjab.

Usually, the Airbus A320 is one of the safest planes. However, it appears that the plane experienced technical difficulties before the crash.

The pilot, Sajjad Gull, was the most senior A320 pilot with PIA and had extensive flight experience. He had complained of a problem after making his second approach to the runway. After that, air traffic control lost contact with him.

According to Interior minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah, the pilot issued a mayday call after the craft lost an engine.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered his prayers and condolences to the families of the deceased, adding that he is in touch with PIA’s CEO for a full investigation.

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