One of only two survivors from a devastating plane crash in Pakistan,which killed almost 100 people Friday, gave a harrowing account of the experience of being involved in the disaster, saying he could see nothing but fire after the crash.
The plane, an Airbus A320, was operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and crashed near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi as it tried to land.
A spokesman from the civil aviation authority told the Associated Press that the death toll was 98, including 91 passengers and seven crew.
Zubair told the channel that shortly before crashing, the plane began to jolt aggressively. “The next moment there was a hard crash and I lost consciousness,” he said on a show hosted by anchor Shahzeb Khanzada.
Before the incident, he said there was no indication that there was anything wrong. “The way things were handled, it seemed we would just make a routine landing,” he told Geo News.
The plane then hit the runway before lurching upwards, Zubair said. At that point: “People began to pray fervently.”
When he came round, Zubair said, all he could see was “smoke and fire.”
“I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn’t see any people – just hear their screams.”
The wreckage of one of the plane’s engines seen in Karachi on Friday.
After the crash, Zubair said he followed a small beam of light to try and escape the plane before jumping to the ground.
“I opened my seat belt and saw some light. I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10 feet to get to safety.”