Most passengers killed after Pakistan jet crash

KARACHI, Pakistan [Peter Paul Media] — Two passengers aboard Pakistan International Airlines [PIA] flight PK8303 miraculously survived Friday’s crash but all other passengers perished, a health department report obtained by Peter Paul Media said.

“Unfortunately, only two passengers survived, while 97 expired,” the report said. An additional four people were injured on the ground and taken to local hospitals suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. All are in stable condition, including one victim who suffered burns on 49% of their body.

The remains of all the victims are at two hospitals in Karachi—the Jinnah Hospital Karachi [JPMC] and Civic Hospital Karachi. Pakistan Red Crescent volunteers are at both hospitals and took part in rescue and relief efforts after the crash.

Family members of the victims are asked to call 0092-21-99242284 or 0092-21-99043766. PK8303’s passenger manifest has been posted on PIA’s website. It lists 91 passengers but there were eight crew members aboard the flight.

Post-mortem and DNA examinations were completed on all of the deceased and the remains of 19 people were returned to their families, the Government of Sindh Health Department said.

Media reports said PK8303 was in the process of a go-around before the crash but the flight crew reported soon afterwards that they had lost both engines. In a statement, PIA said the crew reported a technical issue just before contact was lost.

PK8303 was on a routine domestic flight between Lahore and Karachi on May 22 when it crashed southeast of the runway, just minutes from another landing attempt.

PIA had just reopened domestic routes for Eid after air travel was closed worldwide because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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