May 29 2020: As reported by The News, Pakistan International Airline‘s (PIA) spokesperson announced that illegal currency was being smuggled by someone present in the plane crash on May 22.
Airbus A320 crashed in Model Colony near the Jinnah International Airport, killing 97 passengers onboard while only two passengers survived.
“Local and foreign currency worth millions of rupees was recovered from the crash site,” said the spokesperson.
“A total of Rs30 million were recovered from three separate bags,” he added.
Such a vast amount can’t be transported without prior permission from the airline. Extra seat is required to be purchased in case passenger is permitted to travel with the amount. For such large amounts, the passenger has to be seated next to the cash.
“A passenger cannot carry it in their luggage or cabin baggage. No passenger had brought an extra seat.” Reportedly, three people have come forward to claim the money.
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May 22 2020: An unfortunate incident has taken place today as a Pakistan International Airline aircraft has crashed in a residential area in Karachi.
Reportedly, the aircraft, Airbus A320 crashed in Model Colony near the Jinnah International Airport.
PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the news of the crash and further added that the plane was carrying 90 individuals along with 8 crew members.
Reason Behind the Crash
As per the pilot’s conversation with the radio tower, the reason for the crash was a result of sudden engine failure.
Mayday is an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft when they are in trouble.
Rescue and Aid
The flight took off from Lahore to Karachi. A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the site for relief and rescue efforts.
Update #PIA Incident:
Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts.
Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 22, 2020
On the other hand, the Minister of Health & Population Welfare has declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi.
The following images and footages are of the crash scene.
— Khurram Ansari (@khurram143) May 22, 2020
Breaking News: A passenger plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashes near Karachi airport. The flight, A-320, was carrying 90 passengers and was flying from Lahore to Karachi.#planecrash pic.twitter.com/biq7D23c9p
— Anas Ismail (@m_anas_ismail18) May 22, 2020
— Arshadtareen8 (@arshadtareen8) May 22, 2020
PIA’s Lahore-Karachi flight PK-8303 crashed on a residential area near Karachi airport a short while ago. Fire fighters trying to control fire in an affected house👇🏼 🔥 ✈️ #planecrash #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/LEg1roPjol
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) May 22, 2020
— Anas (@Anaslqbal) May 22, 2020
Deaths & Survivors
The following is the names of those who were on board the flight. Names of survivors are yet to be shared.