Top banker miraculously survives Pakistani plane crash

by Muizat Hameed

Two passengers, including Zafar Masood, the president of The Bank of Punjab, has miraculously escaped the ill fated Pakistan International Airlines plane conveying about 100 people, when it crashed into a residential neighborhood in Karachi on Friday.

Reports from the provincial government said more than 60 bodies. Reports however are unclear if all deceased are from the plane crash or if they include the plane crash area residents as well.

A PIA spokesperson said that the A320 Airbus was carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi on PK 8303.

Eyewitnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing.

“The airplane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses,” witness Shakeel Ahmed said.

Scene of the crash

Faisal Edhi, who heads the charitable Edhi Foundation that was assisting rescuers said 42 bodies had been recovered from the area.

Edhi said “As per our estimates there are around 50 more dead bodies under the debris.”

The disaster comes as Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid Al-Fitr, with many traveling back to their homes in cities and villages.

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