A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed Friday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, according to Health Minister Azra Fazal.
Here’s what we know:
- At least 76 people are dead: According to a statement from the Sindh Health, at least 76 bodies have been recovered. Speaking at a press conference earlier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said there were 99 people onboard including crew and passengers.
- Where the plane was going: The flight took off from Lahore and was due to land in Karachi before it disappeared from the radar.
- Where the plane crashed: The Airbus A320 crashed into the Model Colony neighborhood, next to the airport.
- Pakistani pilot says he lost engines in mayday call: A pilot on the flight told air traffic control in Karachi he lost engines before the plane crashed on Friday.
In an audio recording of aircraft communications obtained by CNN, from a Pakistani government source, the pilot can be heard speaking with air traffic control about his approach before saying, “We are proceeding direct, we have lost engines.”
Malik, the airlines CEO, said in a news conference Friday that all checks and certifications had been in place, nothing was pending and the airline was operationally and administratively good to go.
Malik could not yet confirm why the accident took place but said there will be a proper inquiry.
Our live coverage of the Pakistani airliner crash in Karachi has ended for the day. Read more about the crash here.