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97 dead, 2 survivors from Pakistan plane crash: health ministry

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By Agence France-Presse

Ninety-seven people were killed and two survived when a passenger plane crashed into homes in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, health officials said Saturday.

Relatives wait outside a hospital in Karachi after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board. More than 40 bodies have been recovered, according to the airline, with dozens more feared dead.(Israr AHMED KHAN / AFPTV / AFP)

Relatives wait outside a hospital in Karachi after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board. More than 40 bodies have been recovered, according to the airline, with dozens more feared dead.(Israr AHMED KHAN / AFPTV / AFP)

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane had made multiple approaches to land at the city’s airport when it came down in a residential area, damaging buildings and sparking a rescue operation that lasted into the night.

All passengers and crew had been accounted for and the bodies of those killed had been recovered from the crash site, the Sindh Health Ministry said, adding that 19 had been identified.

A local hospital earlier reported it had received the bodies of people killed on the ground.

The site remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.

The crash sent plumes of smoke were into the air as rescue workers and residents searched the debris for people and as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames.

An AFP reporter witnessed charred bodies being loaded into ambulances.

PIA said the plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 2:30 pm (0930 GMT) travelling from Lahore to Karachi.

The disaster comes as Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

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