Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say.

The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan's busiest airports.

Pictures shared on social media show smoke rising from the crash site, a residential area in Karachi.

Emergency services have arrived at the scene, where homes have been damaged.

"The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members," said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for Pakistan's aviation authority.

The crash comes just days after the country began allowing commercial flights to resume.

 

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I was reading about this on the aviation forum, but it seemed too bizarre to be credible. Juan Browne's background and sources indicate this may be what actually happened. We should have further data soon. RIP, with incredibly a few survivors:
 

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Updated Blancolirio video. Seems the engines impacted the runway (probably undercarriage issues). Then during the go around critical components such as fuel and oil pumps failed, leading to loss of power in both engines, even though the flight controls were still operating. All deduced from one lucky photo.

 

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Updated Blancolirio video. Seems the engines impacted the runway (probably undercarriage issues). Then during the go around critical components such as fuel and oil pumps failed, leading to loss of power in both engines, even though the flight controls were still operating. All deduced from one lucky photo.

In one of the above videos I heard the tower ask if they were going to attempt another belly landing, which correlates with this video.

My unqualified opinion is the pilot didn't handle a poor situation well.
 

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The first attempted landing were unsuccessful when landing gears were not engaged. both engines hit the runway caused huge damage and shut down. The pilot might thought he would make it second time as belly landing.
 

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Third Blancolirio update. Skid marks halfway down the runway. The aircraft landed too long, and tried to go around:

 

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Black box has been recovered and will help further what actually happened with flight 8303
 

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Third Blancolirio update. Skid marks halfway down the runway. The aircraft landed too long, and tried to go around:

Of course we'll wait for the findings of the investigation, but this is looking more like the pilot botched the first emergency landing attempt, and then didn't have the knowledge and experience to expect the damage caused by that attempt.
 

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I was waiting for your opinion on this. It really seems incredible. If true what would you reckon to be the reason for their behaviour?
Botched landing, out of practice due to the lockdown. Failed to lower gear, or possible gear technical failure. Startle-factor on belly landing, crapped in their pants. Tried to cover up their mistake by going around, not realising that it made things worse. Poor communication with ATC. Possible crew seniority 'gradient'. Midday fast during Ramadan. Many possible factors...
 
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