Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message of condolence to the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi on 23 May 2020, following the tragic plane crash in Karachi.

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: The Royal Family

Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK8303 crashed into a poor congested neighbourhood area known as Model Colony, near Jinnah International Airport at Karachi on Friday, 22 May 2020.

The flight, aboard an Airbus A320, had departed from the eastern city of Lahore at 1.00 pm, carrying two pilots, six cabin crew and 91 passengers.

Prince Philip and I have been saddened by the news of the plane crash near Karachi on Friday.

We send our most sincere condolences to you, the families and friends of those who died, and to the Pakistanis people, particularly at this time of Eid.

Queen Elizabeth II

Reports had said the flight was ‘smooth’ and ‘uneventful’ until the plane began its descent near Karachi’s international airport and started experiencing engine problems just before 3.00 pm.

Flight PK8303 badly damaged or destroyed 18 homes upon impact, killing 97 people, whom reports believe are mostly passengers and crew members.

Mechanical engineer Mohammad Zubair was one of two people aboard the flight who survived the crash.

It was said to be Pakistan’s worst air disaster since 2012 when a Boeing 737 plane, owned by Bhoja Air, crashed near Islamabad killing all 127 passengers on board.

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