At least two persons including a bank executive have been rescued alive from Airbus A320 wreckage after it crashed due to an ‘engine failure’ in Pakistan on Friday May 22.
Of the 98 people on board the Airbus A320 who were thought to have died during the crash, atleast two persons have been pulled out of the wreckage.
One of the survivors, Zafar Masood, the President of the Bank of Punjab could be heard saying, “Thank you so much. God has been merciful,’ to health officials in the hospital where he was rushed to. The other known survivor was named as Muhammad Zubair.
On Friday May 22, The PIA’s Airbus A320 carrying 98 passengers including eight crew, was attempting to land at the city’s Jinnah International Airport after flying from Lahore before it crashed into a residential area of Karachi at about 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT).
Pakistan’s civil aviation authority said the plane had 91 passengers and a crew of seven.
The other 95 passengers and crew are believed to have died
Health ministry spokeswoman Meeran Yousuf told Al Jazeera by telephone that 80 people have died, with 48 bodies kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi’s largest government hospital, and 32 at Civil Hospital Karachi, another major state-run hospital.
Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Welfare Trust said that around 25 to 30 residents whose houses were damaged by the plane have also been taken to the hospital, mostly with burn wounds.
“At least 25 houses have been damaged in this incident,” Edhi said.
“The first priority is to rescue the people. The main hurdle is narrow streets and presence of ordinary people who gathered at the place after the crash but they have been dispersed,” the minister said.