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Karachi (Pakistan), May 22 (Canadian-Media): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane belonging to state-run airline crashed near the southern port city of Karachi, the country's civil aviation authority, spokesperson Abdul Sattar Kokhar said, media reports said.
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The aircraft was arriving from the eastern city of Lahore.
99 passengers and 8 crew members aboard the aircraft were confirmed dead after crash.
It takes typically an hour and a half for the flight to travel from the northeastern city of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous Punjab province, to Karachi.
After two or three attempts to land, said the witnesses, the Airbus A320 crashed in a poor and heavily congested residential area, known as Model Colony, near Jinnah International Airport.
According to Mansoor Ali Khan, the program host and a journalist, the pilot of the Airbus A320 airliner had made a call saying he was experiencing technical problems and was told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred the go around landing route.
Khan added that an emergency response protocol has been activated.
The area had been cordoned off by the police and military.
A phased reopening of its nationwide Covid-19 lockdown was started by Pakistan on May 9.
International flights are not expected to resume until June 1.