Army actively participates in rescue operation
To speed up relief and rescue efforts, Army Urban Search & Rescue Team with special equipment and rescue specialist reached Karachi through a special C130 flight.
At least 10 fire tenders extinguished the fire. Military ambulances busy rescuing injured and providing necessary medical care to them.
Earlier, Karachi Corps Commander Lt General Hamayun Aziz visited the scene and reviewed the rescue activities. On the directives of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, special army teams and Rangers personnel sent to the place of incident and they started the rescue operation in collaboration with the local administration.
The PIA A320 passenger aircraft was carrying at least 90 passengers and eight crew members in the flight PK 8303, when it crashed into the densely populated vicinity.
Rescue sources told media that the number of deaths in the incident rose to 55. The officials said that 35 dead bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and 20 to Civil Hospital.
Six injured persons are currently receiving treatment in Jinnah and two in Civil Hospital's Burns Ward.