Miracle In Karachi: Two Passengers Pulled Out Alive From Wreckage Of Crashed Pakistan Airline (Photo)
There was a miracle yesterday in Karachi when two people were pulled out alive from the wreckage of the Airbus A320 which crashed after 'engine failure' on Friday, May 22.
The PIA's jet carrying 98 passengers including eight crew, was attempting to land at the city's Jinnah International Airport after flying from Lahore before it crashed into a residential area of Karachi at about 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT).
Zafar Masood, the President of the Bank of Punjab said after being rescued: "Thank you so much. God has been merciful,"
Muhammad Zubair the other survivor was just as happy and also thanked his rescuers
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Meeran Yousuf the Health ministry spokeswoman confirmed that 80 people have died, with 48 bodies kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi's largest government hospital, and an additional 32 at the Civil Hospital Karachi, another major state-run hospital.
Furthermore, around 25 to 30 residents whose houses were damaged by the plane have also been taken to the hospital, mostly with burn wounds.
“The priority now is to rescue people. The main hurdle is narrow streets and presence of ordinary people who gathered at the place after the crash but they have been dispersed,” the ministry spokeswoman said.
According to one report, the plane had attempted one landing but as it went round again lost its engines and issued a mayday call to traffic control.
More details as they unfold.