JUST IN: Pakistani airliner carrying over 100 people crashes

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed.
Flight PK8303 crashed on Friday near the neighbourhood of Model Colony.

More than 100 people were on board the Airbus A320.

The plane hit the ground in a residential area in Karachi and there are fears of additional casualties.

Karachi is the country’s most populated city.

Airline spokesperson Abdullah Khan told CNN that the pilot had complained of technical problems.

“He had been told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred to use the go-around landing route, we are looking into the technical issue. Our prayers for the lives that have been lost”, Khan said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was sad about the accident.

“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. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” he tweeted.

Rescue efforts by emergency responders and the military are ongoing.

Passenger flights resumed in Pakistan just a week ago.

Flights had been grounded for two months to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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