The flight containing 99 passengers including crew and passengers onboard crashed earlier today. According to the CEO of the Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) Marshal Arshad Malik, reasons for the crash remains unclear and the commercial flight neither crashed into the building nor were the bodies of any resident retrieved.
Malik said at a news conference in Karachi Friday that they are tracking the number of dead by coordinating with local hospitals which will take at least two days.
All checks and certifications had been in place, nothing was pending and the airline was operationally and administratively good to go, Malik added.
“Air travel is the safest. PIA’s pilots and engineers follow SOPs [standard operating procedures] and are highly qualified A320 is one of the safest planes in the industry,” he said.
The pilot said he was ready to land but then made a second approach when something went wrong. Malik said they will know more about what happened when the flight recorder is retrieved.