97 died in Pakistan passenger plane crash

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A total of 97 people have been killed following the Friday crash of a Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 99, Reuters reported, citing provincial health authorities.

The crash occurred near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, according to the country’s civil aviation authority. The plane attempted to land twice before the crash occurred, according to Reuters.

The plane operated by the state-owned airline, reportedly an Airbus A320, was traveling from Lahore and was due to land at the airport in Karachi.

The crash reportedly happened in a residential area of the city called Model Colony, a neighborhood around 2 miles northeast of Jinnah International Airport.

A spokesman for the national carrier said the flight, PK 8303, had 99 passengers and 8 crew members, but other reports stated there were 99 people on board in total.

Two people on board the plane survived the crash, Reuters reported on Saturday. Reports identified one of them as Zafar Masood, president of the Bank of Punjab. The commercial financial institution is based in Lahore.

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