A passenger list of the doomed Airbus International Airlines Airbus A320 showed where the two survivors were sitting when the plane was plowed into a residential area in Karachi.
Nineteen of the 97 bodies that were recovered from the rubble were identified and relatives gathered for mourning prayers this morning.
Two men survived the devastating crash – the President of the Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masud, was seated at 1C and was filmed when he was dragged out of the smoking wreck alive.
The second survivor, engineer Mohammad Zubair (24), who was in 10C position, spoke from his hospital bed in a video clip that was broadcast on social media.
"After it hit and I regained consciousness, I saw fire everywhere and no one was visible," said Zubair.
Bank of Punjab president Zafar Masood, who was number 1C when the plane crashed, was pulled out of the smoking wreckage of the Pakistan International Airlines flight after hitting houses in Karachi yesterday
The other survivor, engineer Muhammad Zubair, told Geo News that the pilot had come down for a landing, touched down briefly, and then started again
Then a huge fireball was observed before a thick black cloud of smoke rose into the air
"The screams were everywhere and everyone was trying to survive. I undid my seat belt and saw some light and tried to walk towards it. Then I jumped out. & # 39;
The passenger list of the PIA Airbus A320 shows that Masud was at the front of the plane and Zubair was 10 seats behind the bulkhead.
Masud suffered fractures, but was "conscious and responsive," said the Bank of Punjab.
The other survivor, engineer Zubair, told Geo News that the pilot had come down for a landing, touched down briefly, and then started again.
After another 10 minutes of flight time, the pilot announced to the passengers that he would try again, and then crashed as he approached the runway, Zubair said from his bed in the Karachi civil hospital.
"I could only see smoke and fire," he added. I could hear screams from all directions. Children and adults. I could only see fire. I couldn't see people who only heard their screams. & # 39;
The other 97 passengers and crew members are said to have died.
& # 39; Thank you very much. God was merciful, ”said Masood, the 1C banker, according to officials who spoke to him after the hospital crash.
Mourning families were pictured this morning by Eid – the celebration of the end of Ramadan – with their relatives from local hospitals for the funeral service.
Relatives of Pakistani army major Adnan, who has been the victim of a plane crash, attend his funeral one day after the crash of a government-owned Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane that today crashed in a residential colony in Karachi, Pakistan
A rescue worker checks the bodies of the victims the day after a Pakistan International Airlines state passenger plane crashed in a residential area in a mortuary in Karachi, Pakistan
People today mourn the body of their relative who was killed in the plane crash on Friday in a mortuary in Karachi, Pakistan. An aviation official says a Pakistan International Airlines state-owned passenger plane that carries passengers and crew has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi
Relatives attend the funeral of the victims one day after the crash of a state-run Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane that today crashed in a residential colony in Karachi, Pakistan
Relatives of a plane crash victim recover the body one day after a passenger plane of the state-owned Pakistan International Airlines crashed in a residential colony in Karachi, Pakistan, today
"Eid has become meaningless not only for Karachi, but for all of Pakistan," said Zia ul Huq Qamar, who lives near the crash site.
Several members of the armed forces who flew home to their families to celebrate the holidays were among the dead, the military said.
Shahbaz Hussain said his mother, who was also a victim, flew back to Karachi after stranded while visiting her daughters through the barrier in Lahore.
The University of Karachi collects the DNA of the remaining bodies in the hope of being able to identify them.
An airline spokesman said today that the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been restored and will be given to an investigative body for investigation.
Witnesses said the flight from Lahore had made three failed attempts to land at Jinnah International Airport before plowing into the city's model colony area on a fourth attempt.
The Pakistani civil aviation authority said the aircraft had 91 passengers and a crew of seven.
The pilot informed air traffic control that he had lost both engines and that the captain made a last Mayday call before the crash. The Airbus A320-214 model uses a CFM56 engine from CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric from the United States and Saffron from France.
A photo of the aircraft on approach also shows that the landing gear is still up and black burn marks under each engine.
Air traffic control recording begins after the pilot has already attempted to land.
In this image, taken today and published by the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), Pakistani Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Awana (CR in a black jacket) visits Imran Ismail (CL in a blue jacket) together with the governor of the province of Sindh, CL after a plane crashed by Pakistan International Airlines in a residential area in Karachi
In Karachi, Pakistan, people today carry the coffin of the victims of the plane crash on Friday for funeral prayers
This image, shared by aircraft enthusiasts in Pakistan today, shows the aircraft about to crash after suffering an obvious engine failure. Black burn marks can be seen under each engine and the undercarriage is still in operation
A bulldozer is working in the wreckage of Pakistan International Airlines' crash after the Airbus A320 crashed into a Karachi residential area on Friday
This was the scene when emergency personnel stormed to the site of the plane crash in the model colony in Karachi
Volunteers carry an injured woman from the crash site after a Pakistan International Airlines crashed in a residential area
The plane had flown from Lahore to Jinnah, which normally took 90 minutes before crashing into the Model Colony when it began its final approach to Karachi Airport
The pilot says, "We're going straight on, sir – we've lost the engine."
"Confirm your gut test," said the air traffic controller, offering a runway.
"Sir, Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Mayday Pakistan 8303," said the pilot before the transfer ended.
Videos uploaded on social media show the last moments of the plane as it descends to the screams of frightened residents. Witnesses say the plane is so low that they feel the walls of their houses shake and the plane tilts to one side.
The checkered safety record of the CFM56 engine mounted on the Airbus A320
According to Flightradar24, the model that crashed today was an Airbus A320-214 using an engine called CFM56-5B4.
CFM International is a joint venture between General Electric from the USA and the French company Safran.
The failure of a pair of CFM engines was blamed for the Kegworth air disaster in 1989 when 47 people were killed after a Boeing 737 crashed into a motorway embankment in Leicestershire.
A fan blade in one of the engines failed, according to investigators, about 13 minutes after the start of the British Midland Airways flight.
The engine was then modified and released to fly again.
In 2018, a CFM56 engine exploded on southwest flight 1380 over Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes after the flight to Dallas left New York. The explosion caused shards to penetrate the fuselage of the Boeing 737-700 aircraft and break a window. One person died.
Clouds of smoke choked the skyline after the Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed into homes in the poor and densely populated area of Model Colony, two miles from the airport.
Depending on the configuration of the cabin, the A320 can carry up to 180 passengers.
The Sindh Provincial Government press department later distributed a photo to a second survivor who was identified as Mohammad Zubair and is recovering in a Karachi hospital.
Safety record of the Airbus A320 …
There were 119 aviation incidents and accidents across the Airbus A320 fleet.
The narrow body aircraft were designed and manufactured by Airbus, and the first A320 was launched in 1987.
The fleet's first crash occurred just a year later in 1988 after the captain of an Air France flight 296 delayed full performance when he got off and crashed into trees beyond the runway.
Four other accidents occurred in the 1990s, including in Bangalore, the Vosges, Warsaw and the Philippines.
Nine incidents occurred in the 2000s and a further 13 occurred between 2011 and 2019.
18 of the accidents are believed to have been fatal, including more than 1,400 deaths.
A total of 47 fuselage loss incidents occurred in the fleet in which the aircraft was irreparably damaged.
The footage showed scenes of chaos with burning debris and debris scattered across the area as hospitals were preparing for a flood of victims and the Pakistani army was desperately looking for survivors. The prime minister has agreed to carry out an "immediate investigation" into the crash.
There is feverish speculation in Pakistan that model and actress Zara Abid, who has more than 80,000 Instagram followers, was one of the victims, but this has not been confirmed.
Pakistani fashion designers and actors praised her on Twitter, however.
The official statement confirmed two survivors and said 17 of the bodies had "been identified" so far.
Earlier, the airline's managing director, Arshad Mahmood Malik, said in a press conference that only one survivor from the wreck was confirmed – the president of the Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masud.
The Airbus had flown from Lahore to Jinnah, which normally took 90 minutes before sinking into the Model Colony when it began its final approach to Karachi Airport.
"The last thing we heard from the pilot was that he had a technical problem," said a PIA spokesman.
"He was told from the last approach that both runways were ready to land, but the pilot decided that he (a) wanted to do a lap … It's a very tragic incident."
A recording published on the liveatc.net monitoring website shows that the pilot informed the air traffic controllers that the aircraft had lost the power of both engines during its second attempt to land.
When it canceled an earlier landing attempt and tried a second time, a controller sparked the pilot and told him that he was apparently turning left, suggesting that he was off course.
The pilot replied, "We're coming back, sir, we've lost engines." The air traffic controller cleared the aircraft to land on one of the two west and southwest runways at Karachi Airport.
Twelve seconds later, the pilot called "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" and was released again for the use of one of the two runways.
A local resident, Abdul Rahman, said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times and tried to land before it crashed into several houses and collapsed roofs.
"The plane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses," said Shakeel Ahmed, a witness near the site, a few miles from the airport.
The Sindh Province Health Department said it had recovered 57 bodies, while PIA chairman Arshad Malik said it could take two to three days to find all the dead.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources said the captain reported a technical error before the plane disappeared from the radar.
They informed News One that communication with the aircraft was interrupted one minute before the scheduled touchdown.
There is feverish speculation in Pakistan that model and actress Zara Abid, who has more than 80,000 Instagram followers, was one of the victims, but this has not been confirmed
Airworthiness documents showed, however, that the plane last received a government check on November 1, 2019.
The chief engineer of PIA signed a separate certificate on April 28 stating that all the maintenance work had been carried out. It was said "the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all safety standards".
Seemin Jamali, executive director of nearby Jinnah Hospital, said 17 bodies and six wounded were brought in. Three people who were on the ground in the area where the plane crashed were injured.
Rescue workers and residents pulled people out of the rubble as firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames.
"I heard a big bang and woke up to people calling for the fire department," said Mudassar Ali, who lives in Karachi.
Teenager Hassan said: I came out of the mosque when I saw the plane tip over on one side. The engine noise was pretty weird. It was so low that the walls of my house trembled. & # 39;
CCTV appears to show the moment the plane crashed into the Karachi residential area
A relative of one of the victims stood in front of a mobile mortuary that was parked near the scene
Rescue workers also used stretchers to carry corpses from the wreckage of the crashed airliner
Another survivor, Mohammed Zubair, was pictured at the Karachi hospital when addressed by Pakistani Minister Saeed Ghani
The plane devastated when it plowed into a poor residential area
Rescue workers spray the wreckage of the Airbus A320 after it crashed into houses in the densely populated Model Colony area of Karchi
After today's crash, parts of the destroyed plane are lying between the burned rubble at the crash site in Karachi
Rescue workers descend at the site of the plane crash in a residential area near an airport in Karachi, Pakistan
Rescuers have pulled a number of people out of the rubble caused by the crash. It is understood that two passengers survived the crash
A destroyed door from the plane can be seen in the residential area of the Karachi Model Colony, where the Airbus A320 crashed
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by the PIA crash. I am in contact with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who traveled to Karachi, and with the rescue and relief teams on site, as this is currently a priority.
& # 39; Immediate investigation is initiated. Prayers and condolences go to the families of the deceased. & # 39;
The crash comes as Pakistanis across the country prepare to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. Many travel back to their homes in cities and villages.
Airbus did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the crash. The flight usually takes an hour and a half from the northeastern city of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, to Karachi.
The crashed plane is pictured above Dubai International Airport in 2017
A rescuer was seen carrying a baby from the disaster scene. The child is believed to come from a family that lives in the area where the plane crashed
Immediately after the crash (left), photos of burning debris were posted online when the Pakistani army is pictured top right to save a child covered with ashes
Officials inspect the debris of the passenger plane while working next to one of the fallen plane's engines
The battered remains of the aircraft engine can be seen just moments after the crash
This was the site of the devastation when firefighters used jet hoses to extinguish the fire. The plane crashed as it approached Karachi's Jinnah International Airport
Clouds of smoke swell after the Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed into the residential area
A burning car after the accident sits between rubble (left) while clouds of smoke rise in the air (right).
The crash comes just a few days after the country has started resuming commercial flights
Emergency teams inspect the destruction while in ruins after the plane crashed into buildings on Friday
Videoaufnahmen, die online erschienen sind, scheinen das niedrig fliegende Flugzeug kurz vor dem tödlichen Absturz (rechts) tief über den Häusern (links) zu zeigen, als Rauch in die Luft strömt
Der Jet wurde durch Verfolgung der Website flightradar24.com als 15 Jahre alter Airbus A320 identifiziert.
In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane went up in flames after one of the two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote north to Islamabad and more than 40 people were killed.
PIA, bis in die 1970er Jahre eine der weltweit führenden Fluggesellschaften, leidet heute unter einem sinkenden Ruf aufgrund häufiger Stornierungen, Verspätungen und finanzieller Probleme. It has been the subject of numerous controversies over the years, including the detention of a drunk pilot in Britain in 2013.
Der Absturz kommt, als sich Pakistaner im ganzen Land darauf vorbereiten, das Ende des Ramadan und den Beginn von Eid al-Fitr zu feiern. Many travel back to their homes in cities and villages.
Ein Überlebender eines Kindes, dessen Wange und Kopf verbunden sind, schaut auf das sich entfaltende Grauen (links), während ein Soldat der pakistanischen Armee (rechts) einen anderen von der Szene wegführt
Ein Opfer wird auf einem Bodyboard weggebracht, während Mediziner nach Überlebenden suchen
Das Krankenhauspersonal bereitet sich auf die Opfer des Absturzes des Passagierflugzeugs vor
Krankenwagen kommen am Tatort an, um die Opfer ins Krankenhaus zu bringen
Die Polizei wurde auch beim Sprengen von Wasser auf den verkohlten Überresten des Flugzeugs gesehen
Die Notfallbehörden wurden in einem verzweifelten Versuch, Überlebende zu finden, die bei dem Absturz verletzt wurden, zur Szene gebracht
Nach dem Absturz ist eine Rauchwolke zu sehen
Arshad Malik, PIA-Chef, hat auf Twitter eine Beileidsbotschaft veröffentlicht
Das pakistanische Militär twitterte, dass Sicherheitskräfte in der Region eingesetzt worden seien und Hubschrauber eingesetzt würden, um den Schaden zu untersuchen und laufende Rettungsaktionen zu unterstützen.
Der Absturz kommt nur wenige Tage, nachdem das Land begonnen hat, kommerzielle Flüge wieder aufzunehmen.
Pakistan has a troubled military and civil aviation safety record with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.
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