A passenger jet flying from Lahore to Karachi has crashed into buildings near Karachi Airport, with many casualties reported.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK303 was on a routine domestic service between the country’s two largest cities.

The Airbus A320 was almost at the end of a routine 90-minute flight when crashed as on the approach to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.

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There were discrepancies over reports of the number of passengers, with a spokesperson for PIA, the carrier in question, telling Reuters news agency there were 107 on board.

ISPR, the media wing of the Pakistan armed forces, reported that a paramilitary force is involved in the rescue and that personnel have cordoned off the area.

Footage on local TV news channels shows a large number of people gathered near the site of crash, as well as some damaged houses.

The national airline grounded flights in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It began limited services again on 16 May.

PIA has suffered two other fatal events in the past six years. In 2014, one passenger died when an Airbus A310 from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia was struck by bullets on the approach to Peshawar in Pakistan.

In December 2016, a domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad crashed on a hillside with the loss of all 47 passengers and crew on board.

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