Cargo plane crashed in residential area at Karachi

A view of destruction at the site of a plane crash.

KARACHI : Russian-made cargo plane crashed in Dalmia area of Karachi soon after taking off from the Jinnah International Airport late on Saturday, Private Channel reported on Sunday.

At least 10 including 8 crew members are reported dead. The plane was an IL76 Russian cargo plane, with flight number MGCC-412. According to aviation sources, it came from the United Arab Emirates and was en route to Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The plane took off at 1:48 am and crashed onto an under construction building in a residential area of Gulistan-e-Johar.

A loud explosion was heard at the time of the crash and the plane. The building, onto which the plane crashed, was completely destroyed. Police and rescue teams reached the scene of the crash.

All the injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital where emergency was declared. Police cordoned off the area and blocked all the roads leading towards the crash site. Black box was not recovered yet but dozens of rescue workers were trying to remove the debris.

In the meantime, following is a chronology of major air crashes in Pakistan or involving Pakistani planes: May 20, 1965: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 707 crashes on its inaugural flight while attempting to land at Cairo airport, killing 124 people.

August 6, 1970: A PIA Fokker F27 turboprop aircraft crashes while attempting to take off from Islamabad in a thunderstorm, killing all 30 people on board.
December 8, 1972: A PIA Fokker F27 crashes in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. All 26 people on board are killed.

November 26, 1979: A PIA Boeing 707 bringing home Pakistani Hajj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia crashes shortly after take-off from Jeddah airport, killing 156 people.

October 23, 1986: A PIA Fokker F27 crashes while coming in to land in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 13 of the 54 people on board.
August 17, 1988: A US-made Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashes near Pakistan’s eastern city of Bahawalpur, killing military ruler General Mohammad Zia ul Haq and 30 others including Pakistani generals and the US ambassador.

August 25, 1989: A PIA Fokker carrying 54 people disappears after leaving Gilgit in northern Pakistan. The wreckage is never found.
September 28, 1992: A PIA Airbus A300 crashes into a cloud-covered hillside on approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu after the plane descended too early, killing 167 people.

February 19, 2003: An air force Fokker F27 crashes in fog-shrouded mountains near the northwestern city of Kohat, killing air force chief Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali, his wife and 15 others.
February 24, 2003: A chartered Cessna 402-B carrying Afghan Mines and Industries Minister Juma Mohammad Mohammadi, four Afghan officials, a Chinese mining executive and two Pakistani crew crashes into the Arabian Sea near the southern city of Karachi.

July 10, 2006: A PIA Fokker F27 bound for Lahore crashes into a field and bursts into flames shortly after takeoff from the central city of Multan, killing 41 passengers and four crew.

July 28, 2010: An Airblue Airbus 321 flying from Karachi crashes into hills outside Islamabad while preparing to land, killing everyone on board. Civil aviation authorities say 152 people were on board while police put the number at 149. November 5, 2010: A charter plane of a private organization was crashed in the area of Gulistan-e-Johar in Karachi, killing all 21 people on board.

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