New Delhi: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight   from Lahore to Karachi, crashed into a residential area near Jinnah International Airport on Friday. The fight PK 8303 was carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members.Also Read - BAN vs PAK: Babar Azam Bowls For the First Time in International Cricket Against Bangladesh | WATCH Video

PIA spokesperson Abdul Sattar confirmed the crash. “Saying anything right now would be premature. Our crew is trained to handle emergency landings. All my prayers are with the families. We will continue to provide information in a transparent manner,” he said. Also Read - India vs Pakistan: India Eye to Avenge 10-Wicket T20 World Cup Loss vs Pakistan, Schedule to be Announced in January

Expressing grief over the incident, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said,”Shocked and saddened by the PIA crash. I am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi and with the rescue and relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted.  Prayers and condolences go to families of the deceased.” Also Read - Woman Delivers Baby at Indo-Pak Crossing in Attari, Names The Newborn 'Border'

A statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Army Quick Reaction Force and Sindh Pakistan Rangers reached the site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search and Rescue Teams were also being sent on site.

Meanwhile, Sindh’s Minister of Health and Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi following the plane crash.

Notably, Pakistan had resumed air travel on May 16 after a lockdown, which was imposed to combat the spread of  COVID-19.