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41 confirmed dead in Karachi plane crash: PIA CEO

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 22/05/2020 Reuters

KARACHI, PAKISTAN - MAY 22: Wreckage of a passenger plane crash in a residential area near an airport in Karachi, Pakistan on May 22, 2020. A Pakistani passenger plane with at least 100 people on board crashed in a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, the country's civil aviation agency said. At least eight people were killed as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 passengers onboard crashed in southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Getty KARACHI, PAKISTAN - MAY 22: Wreckage of a passenger plane crash in a residential area near an airport in Karachi, Pakistan on May 22, 2020. A Pakistani passenger plane with at least 100 people on board crashed in a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, the country's civil aviation agency said. At least eight people were killed as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 passengers onboard crashed in southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) At least 41 people are confirmed to have been killed in a plane crash in a residential area of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) chief executive said on Friday.

The Airbus jet with 99 (91 passengers and 8 crew) people on board crashed while approaching the airport. Two passengers are known to have survived.

"Forty-one dead are confirmed in the plane crash," CEO Arshad Malik told a news conference.

He said Pakistan's independent safety investigations agency would inquire into the crash.

Domestic flights had been resumed in Pakistan ahead of Eid Al Fitr. Ill-fated flight 8303 was flying from Lahore to Karachi on Friday.

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