Pakistan: A look at plane crashes
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Pakistan: A look at plane crashes

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane A320 flying from Lahore crashed into a crowd 30 seconds before landing at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi this afternoon due to a technical glitch.

Flight PK8303 had 91 passengers and seven crew members on board and so far three passengers have been confirmed to have miraculously survived while rescue operations are still ongoing.

This is the 22nd incident involving a Pakistani passenger plane. Look at when Pakistani passenger planes have crashed:

May 20, 1965
PIA’s Boeing 707 crashed on landing at Egypt’s Cairo airport on its inaugural flight, killing all 124 passengers on board.

August 6, 1970
PIA’s Fokker F-27 crashed in Rawalpindi, killing all 26 passengers on board.

November 26, 1979
A PIA Boeing 707 carrying pilgrims from Saudi Arabia crashed shortly after takeoff from Jeddah airport, killing all 156 people on board.

October 23, 1986
PIA’s Fokker F-27 crashed while landing in Peshawar, killing 13 of the 54 people on board.

August 17, 1988
The US-built C-130 crashed near the city of Bahawalpur, killing 30 military generals and the US ambassador, including President General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

August 25, 1989
PIA’s Fokker plane carrying 54 passengers crashed after taking off from Gilgit. The wreckage of the plane has not been found to date.

September 28, 1992
PIA’s Airbus A300 crashed while landing at Kathmandu Airport in Nepal’s capital during bad weather, killing 167 people on board.

February 19, 2003
Fokker F-27 of Pakistan Air Force crashed near Kohat. The then Chief of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali, along with his wife and 15 others were killed in the accident.

February 24, 2003
The Cessna 402B chartered plane carrying an Afghan minister, Mohammad Mohammadi, four other Afghan officials, a Chinese expert and two Pakistani crew members crashed in the Arabian Sea.

July 10, 2006
PIA’s Fokker F-27 crashed in the air shortly after taking off from Multan for Lahore. The crash killed 41 passengers and four crew members.

July 28, 2010
The plane of Pakistani private company Air Blue en route from Karachi to Islamabad crashed in the hills of Margalla while landing. The crash killed 152 passengers on board.

November 5, 2010
An Italian oil company twin-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Karachi, killing 21 people on board.

November 28, 2010
A Russian-made cargo cargo IL76 of Georgia Airlines Sunway crashed shortly after takeoff from Karachi, killing 12 people.

April 20, 2012
Bhoja Airlines’ Airbus 737 crashed near Islamabad after taking off from Karachi. The crash killed 121 passengers and six crew members on board.

May 8, 2015
A Pakistan Army helicopter crashed near Gilgit. The crash killed eight people, including ambassadors from Norway, the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors.

December 7, 2016
PIA’s ATR plane crashed on its way to Islamabad from Chitral. The crash killed 48 people, including Junaid Jamshed.

May 22, 2020
A PIA passenger plane Airbus A320 en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed into the population a few seconds before landing at Jinnah International Airport.

The plane had seven crew members and 91 passengers on board. According to reports so far, 3 passengers were miraculously saved in the accident.

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