Pakistan International Airlines A320 crashes in Karachi

Flight PK 8303 had more than 100 people on board when it crashed just before landing in Karachi
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An Airbus A320 operated by Pakistan International Airlines has crashed in Karachi with more than 100 people on board.

Flight PK 8303 had been due to land at 2.45pm local time and was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members, according to Pakistan’s Aviation Ministry.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, at 14.35 the crew radioed that they were going around and requested another ILS approach

The controller instructed the flight to turn left heading 110 and climb to 2000 feet. Four minutes later the flight declared a mayday.

The controller cleared the flight to land with both runways available. Media reports claim the pilot said he was experiencing technical problems.

A video circulating on social media shows smoke and rubble at the crash site, which appears to be a built-up area.

Restrictions on domestic air travel in Pakistan were lifted on Saturday following a two-month long suspension due to coronavirus.

International flights were initially expected to resume from 1 June.

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