President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent deep condolences today to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Arif Alvi and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan in connection with the crash of a passenger airliner International air lines Pakistan, caused the deaths of large numbers of citizens, told the news program "Watan" Turkmen television.
On behalf of the people and Government of the country, as well as on his own behalf, the head of state conveyed words of sincere empathy and support to the families, relatives and friends of the victims in this difficult moment.
The Airbus A320 was heading from Lahore to Karachi. According to the Flightradar24 service, an hour and a half after departure, the plane began to land, but the attempt was interrupted at an altitude of about 84 meters. At 12: 40, the aircraft disappeared from radar.
Civil aviation officials said that the pilot of the crashed airliner managed to contact dispatchers before the crash and said that one of the engines suddenly failed.
According to the newspaper The Nation, the cause of the disaster could be a collision with a flock of birds. According to the published passenger list, there were 51 men, 31 women and nine minor children on Board, as well as seven crew members.
The plane crashed into a densely populated residential area on the outskirts of the city. As a result of the incident, several residential buildings were destroyed, about 20 local residents were rescued from the collapsed buildings, and five were killed.
The exact number of dead is being determined.