Pakistan plane crashes into houses near airport
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A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed in the country Friday, according to multiple reports.

The flight, which was carrying over 90 passengers and crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, which is one of Pakistan’s busiest airports, according to the BBC. It crashed in Karachi at approximately 2:37 p.m., and emergency services arrived on the scene.

Officials have not publicly confirmed the number of casualties, according to the outlet. The plane crashed near Model Colony, a neighborhood in Karachi that is approximately two miles northeast of its destination.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a statement on Twitter Friday that he was “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. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”

Some initial reports said that the plane skidded close to the rooftops of several houses before catching fire, The New York Times reported.

Pakistan armed forces said soldiers also went to the site of the crash to help with emergency rescue efforts, according to the BBC.

Pakistan International Airlines chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik confirmed that the plane’s pilot had reported that it was experiencing “technical difficulties,” according to the outlet.

The carrier said the flight crashed with 99 passengers and eight crew members on board, Reuters reported. However, aviation officials told the outlet that the total for both passengers and crew might be 99 people.

Pakistan only days ago allowed passengers to fly on commercial flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.