Two passengers survived however 97 our bodies have been recovered from the scene, Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar mentioned earlier on Saturday.
The jet went down in a residential space, however the plane didn’t hit any buildings and nobody on the bottom seems to have been killed, PIA CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik added.
Iftikhar mentioned military troops, rangers and social welfare organizations have been aiding within the search.
He added: “97 bodies recovered. 2 passengers survived. 25 affected houses cleared, their residents accommodated at various places with the assistance of Civil Administration.”
The plane took off from Lahore and was because of land at 2:30 p.m. native time in Karachi however went lacking from the radar, PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan advised CNN.
The pilot on board advised air visitors management in Karachi that he had misplaced engines, earlier than the plane crashed on Friday.
“We are proceeding direct, we have lost engines,” the pilot could be heard saying concerning the plane’s method, in an audio recording of plane communications obtained by CNN from a Pakistani authorities supply.
On the recording, air visitors management asks the pilot to substantiate that the plane may have a stomach touchdown, a state of affairs the place an plane lands with out deploying its touchdown gear.
The pilot’s response is inaudible. It is unclear why air visitors management was discussing such a touchdown.
Just a few seconds later the pilot could be heard giving a number of mayday calls, adopted by a response from air visitors management saying each runways are clear to land. The audio then cuts off.
Khan confirmed the authenticity of the recording.
“[The pilot] had been told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred to use the go-around landing route, we are looking into the technical issue. Our prayers for the lives that have been lost,” Khan mentioned earlier on Friday.
Sophia Saifi reported from Islamabad, and Rob Picheta wrote from London. Adeel Raja, Laura Smith-Spark and Sandi Sidhu contributed reporting.