A PASSENGER plane has crashed into houses in Pakistan moments after the pilot reported a technical fault today.
The 107 people on board are feared dead after the Pakistan International Airlines jet, which was on its final approach to Karachi Airport, plunged into homes in Model Colony, it has been reported.
According to reports, several buildings were destroyed in the crash which happened at 2.45pm local time today.
The local civil aviation authority said eight staff and 99 passengers were on the Airbus A320.
A major rescue operation was currently underway.
Pictures from near the scene show clouds of thick black smoke billowing into the air above the residential area.
A spokesman for the national carrier said: “The plane PK 8303 with 99 passengers and 8 crew members has crashed.”
The Pakistani army said its quick reaction force and paramilitary troops have reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration.
Local TV station Geo showed crowds near the scene which appeared to be a densely populated area and ambulances trying to make their way through.
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