Cargo plane crashes in Karachi
Karachi: A Russian-made cargo plane crashed in a fireball near a residential complex in Karachi seconds after taking off from the airport of the southern Pakistani city on Sunday, killing all its eight-member crew and injuring seven people on the ground.
The Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which came from the UAE and was en route to Sudanese capital Khartoum, crashed at 1:45 am local time, TV news channels reported quoting aviation officials. "It was an IL-76 cargo plane. It was going to Khartoum. It had eight people on board," Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George said. It took off at 1:45 am and crashed after 90 seconds or one-and-a-half minutes, he said.
Dunya News said that all eight crew members are reported dead.
The aircraft slammed into buildings under construction in the Dalmai neighbourhood of Karachi, where the Pakistan Air Force and Navy have residential apartments and offices close to Jinnah International airport, according to witnesses.
Around seven people on the ground were also injured, doctors were quoted as saying by Geo TV.