A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying 98 people onboard crashed into a residential area near the Jinnah International Airport on Friday. Moments before the plane crashed, the pilot, Sajjad Gul, had told the air traffic controllers that the aircraft had lost an engine, according to audiotapes of his last conversation played by Pakistan’s ARY news channel.
In the audiotapes, Gul could be heard calmly telling the air traffic controllers, “We have lost an engine…. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.” The controllers asked him to land on any of the two runways that had been left open for him but he went for a go-around, PIA chief executive officer Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said. Moments later, the communication between the pilot and the controllers snapped and the plane eventually crashed into the residential area.
PIA Plane Crash Audio Recording: Last conversation b/w Pilots & the ATC !!
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The PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez confirmed the crash, adding that PK 8303 was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi.
Ambulances and rescue officials have been pressed into service to help residents. Expressing shock over the incident, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said rescue and relief teams were on the ground and an immediate inquiry would be instituted. He also gave his condolences to the families of the deceased.
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