Pakistan International Airlines plane Airbus 320 crashed near the Jinnah International Airport today! The aviation officials say that the flight was coming from Lahore and was reportedly carrying 99 passengers.
Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for Pakistan’s aviation authority said “The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members”
Images shown on national television show fumes of smoke coming out from the plane which reportedly crashed near Model Town colony in Karachi.
Video released by PIA CEO Arshad Malik says that according to the pilot there were technical difficulties.
Message by PIA CEO Arshad Malik#planecrash #PIACrash
— Katherine (@Jinnah_Club) May 22, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan also tweeted about the incident saying “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020
President of Pakistan also expressed his sadness over the tragic incident
پی آئی اے کے حادثے پر ہم سب رنج اور غم کا شکار ہیں۔ جاں بحق مسافروں کو اللہ غریق رحمت کرے اور جنت الفردوس میں جگہ دے۔
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ۔
لواحقین کے لیۓ اللہ سے دعا ہے کہ انکو صبر جمیل عطا فرماۓ۔
اللہ ہم پر رحم کرے۔ آمین
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) May 22, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister also took to twitter to send his condolences
The news from Pakistan this morning is devastating. To the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the crash of PK 8303, and to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, our hearts go out to you. Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts today.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 22, 2020
Anil Kapoor from across the border also sent his heartfelt condolences
Deeply saddened to hear about the #planecrash in #Karachi. My heartfelt condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones and sending my prayers for the speedy rescue & recovery of the ones who are injured. 🙏🏻
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) May 22, 2020
Pakistani celebrities also are tweeting about the tragic incident
Praying praying praying hard for all the families affected by this crash, the departed and for those who have survived…
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) May 22, 2020
My heart goes out to each and every one involved in this tragedy. From the passengers who lost lives to all the people affected by it, we all are praying for you with everything we have got.
Allah reham! 🤲🏼
— Hania Aamir (@realhaniahehe) May 22, 2020
Deeply saddened and shocked about the plane crash in khi, my heart goes out to all the families who lost their loved ones today! i also hope and pray that there are survivors, since i’ve been hearing there might be! Waiting for a miracle. Ya Allah Pak reham! 🙏
— Hareem Farooq (@FarooqHareem) May 22, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about the plane crash in Karachi. Prayers for all the families who lost their loved ones:(
— Bilal Ashraf (@IamBilalAshraf) May 22, 2020
This #PlaneCrash news is quite devastating. My heart & prayers goes out to those we have lost in this tragic accident. May Allah SWT elevate their ranks and give Sabre Jameel to their families & loved ones. Indeed we all belong to Allah SWT and to Him we all shall return.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) May 22, 2020
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُون
Heart broken by the tragic news of PIA plane crashed 💔 prayers for the victims and their families. Ya Allah Reham farma 🤲🏼
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 22, 2020
Cannot believe the news coming in about the #planecrash In khi. Is there no end to the suffering we are having to endure this year?💔
Today,on Jum'atul-Widaa' lets pray for all those who’ve perished and their families…
Innallillaahi wa inna ilehi rajioon@Official_PIA #Karachi
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) May 22, 2020
Deeply saddened about the plane crash in Karachi. May Allah grant jannat to those who have passed away and give their familes the strength to deal with the loss. And may Allah bless the survivors with health. Ameen
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) May 22, 2020
I’m extremely saddened to hear about PIA crash. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. May Allah grant them higher place in Jannah. Ameen🙏@Official_PIA
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) May 22, 2020
I pray for the souls we lost and to our nation who is mourning them. A tragedy like this directly hits the heart hard. I feel like a little bit of all of us was on that flight today #StayStrongPakistan #FlightPK8303 #CommunityofModelColony #Karachi
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) May 22, 2020
May Allah have mercy and give strength to the loved ones of the deceased ..no amount of condolences can be enough .. Heartbreaking and so so tragic .. #piacrash 🤲🏽 https://t.co/MZOvAaaJwP
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) May 22, 2020
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ #PIA
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 22, 2020
What a sad day #YaAllahReham pic.twitter.com/ce5hkIu3rj
— aijaz aslam (@aijazz7) May 22, 2020
Is hadsay ne phir se Junaid jamshaid kay shaheed hounay kay ghum ko taaza kardya!!!
— Ayezakhan.ak (@Ayezakhanak3) May 22, 2020
Innallahe wa innallahe rajioon. Extremely saddened and heartbroken by the news of PIA’s plane crash. In this blessed month of Ramadan, let’s pray to Allah to give sabr to the families of those who lost their lives today and grant jannah to the victims of the crash. 😢😢
— Momal Sheikh (@momalsheikh) May 22, 2020
Ya Allah rehem !!!! Such a BAD news !!!!! Ya Allah rehem kr de!!! Praying for the departed souls, praying for Pakistan!!! Ya Allah bus🤲🏻 #PIA #PIAcrash
— MAWRA HOCANE (Hussain) (@MawraHocane) May 22, 2020
What horrific news on this, the last jummah before Eid.
I can't even begin to imagine the devastation caused by the crash.
Hoping and praying for survivors.
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) May 22, 2020
I am heart broken to hear about the PIA #planecrash ; so many lives have been cut short. Hoping and praying that lives are saved. May Allah have mercy.
— SANA JAVED (@IamSanaJaved) May 22, 2020
In the midst of great suffering, we witness yet another devastating tragedy. This loss will continue to remind us the sanctity of human life & the many adversities we encounter. Thoughts & prayers for their families & loved ones. May ALMIGHTY bless them all eternal peace Ameen.
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) May 22, 2020
Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajiun
Ya Allah bless the departed with the highest place in Heaven. Amen
My heart goes out to the families of the departed l, may Allah give them strength to bear this loss.
Ya Allah reham!#planecrash
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) May 22, 2020
PIA plane crash. Another devastating news of the year. Prayers for the deceased and their families. Heartbreaking. 2020, can’t you just …..! pic.twitter.com/ivBDaaKGdt
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) May 22, 2020
I have Called off my show today due to the tragic incident of PIA PK8303. Its a really sad day my heart goes out to all the victims & for those they leave behind really sorry for your loss.
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) May 22, 2020
It is being said that the plane crashed a minute before landing on the airport.
Praying for the the passengers and hoping there are not many casualties involved.