Reading Now: Survivors Confirmed From PK-8303 Plane Crash Site
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight having about 100 people onboard crashed over a residential colony just seconds before landing at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. This tragedy took place on Friday when the PIA flight PK-8303 travelling from Lahore was about to land in Karachi. (Read about the incident in full detail here)
According to reports, 91 passengers including 31 women and 9 children were onboard the PK-8303 flight along-with 7 crew members. In this tragic set of events, the only tiny glimmer of hope is that there ARE survivors. Reportedly, AT LEAST 7 survivors from the flight have been confirmed.
Its confirmed that 7 people have survived. #PIAPlanCrash
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) May 22, 2020
Aside from this, there are anywhere from 10-40 unconfirmed survivors, albeit those might just be the resident people of the crash site.
Confirmed Survivors Include BOP President Among Others
Reports started rolling in soon after the rescue work began of the survivors of the flight crash. Murtaza Ali Shah posted a video of the Bank Of Punjab President – Zafar Masud – being rescued from the crash site on his twitter handle. He suffered minor injuries in the crash. The BOP CEO is currently in stable condition and admitted in Agha Khan Hospital. As per the officially released list of passengers on the flight, Zafar Masud was travelling on seat number 1C.
Bank of Punjab President Zafar Masud being rescued by local heroes after the PIA aircraft crash in Karachi pic.twitter.com/SJuWFBGF5y
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) May 22, 2020
Mohammed Zubair is another fortunate survivor of the PK-8303 plane crash. Seat no. 8F was the one he was travelling on. He is also currently admitted to a hospital. Senator Saeed Ghani uploaded a pic with the survivor on his twitter handle earlier today as well.
پی آئی اے کے بدقسمت طیارے کے حادثے میں زندہ بچ جانے والے خوش نصیب محمد زبیر کے ساتھ pic.twitter.com/qYfrJEXANj
— Senator Saeed Ghani (@SaeedGhani1) May 22, 2020
Albeit in critical condition, the CEO of Urban Unit – Khalid Sherdil – has also survived the crash. He was seated at 1F and is currently undergoing treatment. He has also served as Director-General of Punjab Disaster Management Authority
His name is Khalid Sherdil @ksherdil, very well respected and beloved by all who have worked with him at the Urban Unit @UrbanUnitGop and his other organisations. And thank God he has a chance, is in critical condition at hospital but alive. Prayers for all 📿 https://t.co/cOPeVRYb7X
— Laaleen لعلین ✒ (@laaleen) May 22, 2020
Other confirmed survivors from the crash include Hamza Yusuf (2/LT) and PBEA Chairman Shabbir Ahmad. A woman named Tahira has also survived and is hospitalized at CMH right now.
Conflicting Reports and Missing Personnel
While there are conflicting reports on this, it is highly likely that senior journalist – Ansar Naqvi – has also survived the plane crash. Mr. Ansar was travelling on seat no. 22C.
Heard he survived and contacted family
— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) May 22, 2020
A mechanical engineering student at the DHA Suffa University – Ammar Rashid – posted on his facebook account that he is going back to Karachi after 2 months of lockdown. Unfortunately, he was abroad the PK-8303 plane crash. It is currently in conflict whether he is among one of the survivors of the crash. 20F was the seat he was travelling on.
After 2 months of lockddown, going back Karachi#Allah_Tera_Shukar
On the other hand, a twitter user called for help in case anyone could locate his brother in law, who was onboard the PK-8303 flight.
My brother in law Mirza Muhammad Wahid beg seat # 9A was on the tragic flight pk8303, we request if anyone can revert back with DM incase they find his whereabouts. Pleae also pray to Allah for survival of 99 other passengers and residents like him #planecrash
— haseeb farooq (@haseeb_farooq20) May 22, 2020
So far, the officials have not yet released any statement confirming the number of casualties. Many people are still missing as well. Hopefully, more reports of survivors start surfacing soon.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for any other updates on this case!