A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft crashed in Karachi, Pakistan, only minutes before landing, killing at least 76 people on Friday, the BBC reported.
PIA flight PK8303 was flying from Lahore to Karachi and had 99 passengers, along with eight members of the crew, on board, the report said. The airplane crashed in a densely-populated residential area near Karachi airport, reportedly damaging several houses.
The reason for the Airbus A320 aircraft’s crash is suspected to be due to mechanical issues. Prior to the crash, the pilot attempted to land at the city’s Jinnah International Airport and the runways were cleared for the purpose.
The pilots, however, decided not to land and the airplane went round again. Minutes later, however, the captain told the air traffic control center that he had lost both the engines and issued a mayday call.
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