23 May, 2020

Death toll from PIA Karachi crash rises to 97

The death toll from Pakistan International Airlines flight PK8303 that crash on Friday has risen to 97, with two survivors, authorities have confirmed today.   

The Airbus A320 was flying from Lahore to Karachi with 99 people on board when it crashed after apparent double engine failure after two unsuccessful landing attempts. 

The provincial health minister’s media coordinator issued a statement:  “Final plane crash update: 66 bodies were brought to (Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre), 31 bodies were brought to Civil Hospital Karachi,” it also added that there were no deaths confirmed on the ground.

The Prime Minister's office confirmed a four-member team had been instructed to launch an inquiry into the accident.  This team is said to include three people from the nations Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board and another from the Pakistan Air Force’s safety board.  According to reports, this team will issue a preliminary report within one month.

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