A passenger plane with roughly 100 people on board crashed in a crowded neighbourhood on the edge of the international airport near Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday after what appeared to be an engine failure during landing.
He said all those on board died, but two civil aviation officials later said that at least two people survived the crash. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media. Another government official said that at least one person survived the crash.
Local TV stations reported that three people sitting in the front row of the aircraft survived and aired footage of a man on a stretcher they identified as Zafar Masood, the head of the Bank of Punjab. They reported that at least 11 bodies were recovered from the crash site and six people were injured. It was not immediately clear if the casualties were passengers.
Police wearing protective masks struggled to clear away crowds to allow a firetruck and an ambulance to move through the narrow streets towards the crash site, the air filled with dust and smoke. Police and soldiers cordoned off the area.