At least 8 crewmembers have reportedly died as a Russian-made cargo plane crashed into construction buildings shortly after taking off near Dalmia in Karachi, Pakistan. 28/11/2010
At least 8 crewmembers have reportedly died as a Russian-made cargo plane crashed into under construction buildings shortly after taking off near Dalmia area of Gulistan-e-Johar locality in Karachi.
The crash site is on fire with blue flames raging sky-high meanwhile, rescue activities have started as the fire tenders, law enforcement agencies, police officials have now made their way to the crash site.
An under construction building has been completely collapsed as a result of the plane crash.
Emergency has been declared in the area as police have cordoned off the entry leading to crash site. Emergency has also been declared at all the major hospitals in Karachi.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the plane had gone down after taking off from Karachi airport.
The nationality of the deceased persons is not known yet. The plane was carrying cargo weighing 31 tonnes.
According to initial reports, it was a Russian-made cargo plane. Dalmia is a thickly populated area near Gulistan-e-Johar so more deaths have been feared.
Reports said there were 8 crewmembers on board which was bound to Khartoom, the capital of Sudan.
The Russian-made Ilyshin IL-76 aircraft had been bound for the Sudanese capital Khartoum, as per Civil Aviation Authority.
The crash triggered a massive blaze in the sensitive Dalmai neighbourhood, where the Pakistan Air Force and Navy have residential apartments close to the airport, witnesses and officials said.