Karachi plane crash survivor: 'I could hear screams from all directions'

Man who survived Karachi, Pakistan, plane crash says he woke up to 'smoke and screaming,' plane tried to land before crashing unexpectedly.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

People stand on the roof of a house amid debris of a passenger plane
People stand on the roof of a house amid debris of a passenger plane
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At least two people survived the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane on Friday.

The 15-year-old aircraft crashed outside Karachi, Pakistan, with 91 passengers and eight crew members on board. At least 76 people died in the crash.

One of the survivors, Muhammad Zubair, suffered only light injuries in the crash, BBC reported. According to Zubair, the plane attempted to land once but was unsuccessful, and crashed in a residential area 10-15 minutes after that attempt.

Zubair lost consciousness after the crash, but woke up to "smoke and screaming" when emergency teams arrived.

"I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn't see any people - just hear their screams."

"No-one was aware that the plane was about to crash; they were flying the plane in a smooth manner," he said. He added: "I opened my seatbelt and saw some light - I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10ft (3m) to get to safety."

Mohammed Uzair Khan, who saw the crash occur, told BBC that he walked outside his home after hearing a loud noise.

"Almost four houses were completely collapsed, there was so much fire and smoke," he said. "They are almost my neighbors, I can't tell you what a horrible thing it was."

Al Jazeera quoted a PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan, who said that the plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were found late on Friday, and will be handed over to the inquiry board.

The site also quoted PIA chief Arshad Malik, who said in a video message, "Our plane [an Airbus] A320 which was coming from Lahore to Karachi was on final approach."

"The last words we heard from our pilot were that there is a technical problem and he was told on final approach that he has both runways available to him to land on. But the pilot decided that he wanted to go around."




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