The death toll in the plane crash in Pakistan rose to 97 this Saturday after rescuers will spend the night amid the rubble in the Karachi residential area where the aircraft of the state-owned Pakistan International Airlines company crashed yesterday with 99 people on board.
“There were 99 people on board between passengers and crew, of whom 97 have died and two have survived,” Karachi Commissioner Irfan Hussain’s spokesman told Efe.
The source indicated that there are nine wounded among residents of the Model Colony residential area where the aircraft fell, of which only two continue to be admitted to hospitals.
Of the 97 dead, 20 have so far been identified by family members.
DNA tests will be carried out to identify the rest, according to Hussain.
The Pakistani Army confirmed the number of victims on its Twitter account and added that the rescue operation continues.
The plane crashed in the early afternoon yesterday very close to the airport of the Pakistani economic capital and on the first day of the holiday for the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
In the last conversation between the aircraft and the control tower, the pilot reported that the engines had been lost shortly before falling.
91 passengers and 8 crew members were traveling on the A-320 flying between Lahore and Karachi. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his regret on the accident on Twitter and announced an investigation to clarify the causes of the incident.
The country had also recently resumed local flights after paralyzing aviation due to the coronavirus crisis, which has so far left 1,101 dead and 52,411 contaminated on Pakistani soil.
Pakistan is no stranger to air casualties. In 2010, he suffered one of his worst air tragedies, when 152 people died in a plane crash near Islamabad.
Two years later, another plane crash killed 138 passengers near the capital.
And in December 2016, another accident killed 48 people on a journey between Chitral (north) and Islamabad.