A Russian-made cargo plane crashed in a fireball near residential apartments in Karachi, seconds after taking off from the city's airport on Sunday with eight people on board. Karachi, Pakistan. 28/11/2010
A Russian-made cargo plane crashed in a fireball near residential apartments in Karachi, seconds after taking off from the city's airport on Sunday with eight people on board.
The Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft had been bound for the Sudanese capital Khartoum, it was the third plane accident in four months in Pakistan, a country of 170 million people where inter-city travel is most efficient by air, and the second aircraft to crash after take off from Karachi in just four weeks.
The IL-76 slammed into buildings under construction in the sensitive Dalmia neighbourhood, where the Pakistan Air Force and Navy have residential apartments and offices close to Jinnah International airport.
Around seven people on the ground were injured and pieces of flesh being recovered from the debris by medics.
Plane took off from Karachi at 1:45 am (20:45 GMT Saturday) and after one and a half minutes it crashed.
The explosion caused by the crash was so powerful that local residents thought it was triggered by a bomb.
The crash has created a large fire. The fire brigade is on site and trying to extinguish the flames, but the fire is too large to bring under control quickly It was a huge blast. People thought it was a bomb blast. Police are trying to assess the number of casualties.
The site was near to the military-controlled area where a Pakistani twin-engine turboprop crashed after take off from Karachi on November 5, killing all 21 people on board.
The US-manufactured Beech 1900C aircraft operated by local company JS Air had taken off from Jinnah International airport carrying staff from an Italian oil company to an oil field in the southern province of Sindh.
On July 28, an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by Airblue crashed into hills near the Pakistani capital Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people on board.
Two Americans, an Austrian-born businessman, five children and two babies were among those killed in the worst aviation accident on Pakistani soil.