Islamabad, Pakistan

At least 11 people have been killed after a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed Friday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a hospital official said.Pakistan’s Aviation Ministry said the flight from Lahore was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members.

Bodies from the scene have been brought to Jinnah Hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Seemi Jamali. It is unclear if those fatalities were victims from the ground or the plane.

The airliner came down in Model Colony, a busy residential area near Jinnah International airport.

Pakistan’s armed forces have flown a search and rescue team from Rawalpindi to the crash site in Karachi.

“Military ambulances [are] busy in rescuing injured & providing necessary medical care,” a military spokesperson said on Twitter.

Pakistan International Airlines chairman Arshad Malik has said the plane’s pilot reported he was experiencing technical difficulties before the crash.

“It is a very sad incident and I am going to Karachi,” he said.

“The last voice we heard of the [c]aptain was [that] we have a technical problem. He said this from final approach, he was told we are ready for landing, both strips are free and you can land but [he] decided to go-round.

“What was the reason, what was the tactical issue? We will investigate.”


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