American aboard plane that crashed in Pakistan, official says

American aboard plane that crashed in Pakistan, official says

“We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with the local authorities,” said the official. “Our staff in Pakistan and here in the United States work tirelessly to provide all possible consular assistance.”

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of all concerned. Out of respect for privacy, we have nothing else to add at this time.”

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed on Friday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, according to Minister of Health Azra Fazal. The airline’s CEO said at a press conference that the flight from Lahore carried a total of 99 passengers and crew. The plane did not hit any building and no one on the ground appears to have been killed, PIA CEO Air Vice-Marshal Arshad Malik said in Karachi on Friday. The plane landed in a lane, he added.

At least 76 bodies were found in the wreckage, according to a statement from the Sindh health department.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Friday afternoon that he was “shocked and saddened to learn of the plane crash today in Karachi”.

“My prayers go out to those killed and injured and their families,” he wrote. “The United States stands alongside Pakistan during this difficult time.”


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