Christiaan Triebert+ Your Authors @trbrtc Visual Investigations @nytimes. Previously @bellingcat. Monitoring things, mostly niche. Retired hitchhiker. @quiztime. Usual caveats. DMs open. May. 22, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Flight 8303 — an Airbus A320 with at least 99 people on board — has crashed right next to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. Geolocation:,+Karachi,+Karachi+City,+Sindh,+Pakistan/@24.9153239,67.1866194,441a,35y,156.38h,40.77t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x3eb337623ec7436f:0x48231685184fd3f2!8m2!3d24.9023473!4d67.1892 . Updates via @salmanmasood: .

Flight #PK8303 was supposed to be a happy sign that Pakistan was moving past corona and inching towards normalcy, with families set to reunite after two months in lockdown to spend Eid al-Fitr together, as @zalmayzia, @salmanmasood and @Abihabib describe. 

But #PK8303 aborted its initial approach to the airport due to technical problems and performed a go around. A local spotter photographed the plane as it prepared for another landing. Undersides of both engines appear burnt and ram air turbine is deployed.

As #PK8303 is making a go around, its pilot also reports a double engine failure. Air traffic control (ATC) informs the pilot that runways 25L and 25R are both available. Seconds later, the pilot issues a mayday alert. 

A surveillance camera captures the moment Flight #PK8303 crashes into a densely populated neighborhood known as Model Colony. A horrifying view. 

The crash site is just over a kilometer short of runway 25L, suggesting #PK8303 was about to land at Jinnah Int'l Airport. 

At least two passengers survived the #PK8303 crash. Muhammad Zubair is one of them, and recalls what happened as he opens his eyes, saw a lot of fire and heard screaming. “I opened my seatbelt and saw some light. So, I went towards the light.” 

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