ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – At least 41 people were confirmed dead in a plane crash in a residential area in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, the chief executive of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said Friday.
An Airbus jet with 99 people on board crashed as it approached the airport. Two passengers are known to have survived.
“Forty-one people were confirmed dead in a plane crash,” CEO Arshad Malik told a news conference.
He said Pakistan’s independent security investigation agency would investigate the accident.
The pilot of the crashed Pakistan International Airlines jet sent a Mayday and told controllers that the plane lost power from both engines in its second attempt to land, according to a recording posted on the liveatc.net monitoring website.
After the plane reportedly canceled previous attempts to land and tour for a second attempt, a controller called pilot 8303 that he appeared to be turning left, indicating that he was off course.
The pilot replied, “We will be back, sir, we lost the engine,” and the controller cleared the plane to land on one of Karachi’s two runways facing the Southwest.
Twelve seconds later the pilot called “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” and again was allowed to use both runways. There was no further communication from the aircraft, which was reported as Airbus A320, according to audio from liveatc.net, a respected source for in-flight recordings.
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