A Pakistani flight carrying around 100 people onboard has crashed over a residential colony moments before landing at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The flight PIA PK 8303, coming from Lahore, crashed landed due to a suspected technical difficulty. While at least 45 people are confirmed dead in the crash., at least four people have survived it.
Zafar Masood, CEO Bank of Punjab, has survived in the Karachi plane crash. As per the list of passengers on the flight, Zafar Masood was travelling on seat number 1C. The BOP president has been shifted to the Darul Sehat Hospital after being recovered from the crash site and is reportedly out of danger.
Visuals shared on social media by a Pak journalist show locals carrying Zafar Masood away from the crash site, while plane’s remains were still on fire.
President BOP Zafar Masood being rescued from the plane crash site. pic.twitter.com/xwXswywXin
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) May 22, 2020
Another passenger who has survived the crash is Khalid Sherdil, who was travelling on seat number 1F.
Khalid Sherdil is the CEO of the Urban Unit – a public sector company in Pakistan. In the past, Sherdil has also served as Director-General Punjab Disaster Management Authority.
A young man, named Ammar Rashid – seat no 20F, has also survived the crash. His family has confirmed the news on social media. Mohammed Zubir, seated on 8F, has also survived the crash and has been admitted to a hospital.
Zafar Masood (L) is the CEO of public lender Bank of Punjab and Khalid Sherdil is the CEO of PSU Urban Unit in Pakistan
Mohammad Zubair also gave a statement in which he said that the plane started wobbling as it approached the Karachi airport. “The next moment there was a hard crash and I lost consciousness,” said Zubair, adding that when he woke up there was ‘smoke everywhere’.
The hospital administration said that Zubair faced minor injuries and is currently under treatment at the burns ward.
Reports indicated that the plane”s tail-end hit the ground first and that anyone who survived was seated in the front portion.
According to various unconfirmed reports in local media, anywhere between 14 to 40 passengers have survived. Visuals on local channels showed rescue workers taking people to hospitals. However, these injured could also be among the residents of Modern Colony where the plane crashed.
A young kid being rescued out of the #PlaneCrash site by Pakistan Rangers Sindh Troops
Hope and prayers for safety of others too
Army QRF and Pak Rangers Sindh troops had immediately reached for relief/rescue alongside civil admin #Airbus320 #PK8303 pic.twitter.com/MWO7VJ7I2G
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) May 22, 2020