Pakistan, plane crash in Karachi

Turkey offers its condolences on the air tragedy in Pakistan

A passenger plane from the national company Pakistan International Airlines crashed while making an emergency landing outside Karachi, killing its 107 occupants.

Turkey offered condolences to Pakistan on Friday for the tragic plane crash that occurred early in the day, in which a passenger plane crashed outside the city of Karachi killing its 107 occupants.

“We receive with deep pain the news that a Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in a residential area near the Jinnah Airport in Karachi, causing the loss of many lives,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Deeply saddened by the plane crash near Karachi airport in our sister Pakistan. May God’s mercy come to those who have lost their lives in the accident. Condolences to our Pakistani brothers and sisters. The pain of our friend and sister Pakistan is our pain,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wrote on Twitter, in a message addressed to his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

No survivors in the accident

Pakistani authorities confirmed that a passenger plane belonging to the state-owned company Pakistan International Airlines crashed early Friday on the outskirts of Karachi, killing its 107 occupants including passengers and crew.

The plane crashed into the neighbourhood known as Model Colony, a humble and populous residential area near the airport; at least half a dozen homes were destroyed, as confirmed by the mayor of the city, Wasim Akhtar, so it is not ruled out that the number of victims may increase.

The aircraft came from the eastern city of Lahore and was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members, according to civil aviation officials from the Asian country.

The plane’s pilot reportedly issued a Mayday distress call before reporting that he had lost an engine, and crashed when attempting to perform an emergency landing. Several witnesses confirmed that the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing into the houses.