A passenger jet flying from Lahore to Karachi has crashed into buildings near Karachi Airport, with casualties reported.

The Airbus A320 crashed as it approached Karachi to land. There were discrepancies over reports of the number of passengers, with a spokesperson for Pakistan International Airlines, the carrier in question, telling Reuters news agency there were 107 on board.

CAA sources said that its communication was cut off with the plane a minute before it was supposed to land.   

Troops form the Pakistan Army’s Quick Reaction Force and Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrived at the crash site shortly after to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue efforts.  

Several houses were damaged in the area where the plane crashed. 

Ambulances were faced with difficulty as the streets were quite narrow and the huge presence of people made it difficult for relief operations to continue. 

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