May 22 (UPI) — A Pakistani airliner with more than 100 people aboard crashed Friday near the airport in Karachi as it attempted to land, authorities said.
Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-8303, en route from Lahore to Karachi, crashed less than a minute before landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, officials said.
Civil aviation officials said communication with the flight was lost about a minute before it was scheduled to land.
The Pakistani Army’s Quick Reaction Force and rangers arrived at the site for rescue operations.
Videos posted online showed black smoke rising from a densely populated neighborhood.
Imran Ismail, governor of Pakistan’s Sindh province, said the plane crashed in a heavily populated area of Karachi.
“The concern now is of casualties of people in the area,” he said.