Pakistan, Italian Eni’s charter airplane crashes
Karachi, Pakistan – 21 victims, among which an Italian, Antonio Sasso
(WAPA) – This morning, at 7:13 local time, a charter turboprop airplane Beech 1900-C JS Air chartered by the Italian oil company Eni, which had just taken-off from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, crashed near a residential area in the suburb of Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
In the crash died all the 21 people aboard, 17 passengers (15 employees and two contractors of Eni), 3 crew members and a representative of the airport security. The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that also an Italian man, Antonio Sasso, died in the crash.
Eni confirmed the accident and said that the plane was going to destined for the Bhit gas field in the Jamshoro district of Sindh province.
According to George Pervez, spokesman for the Civil aviation authority of Pakistan, before the crash the pilot of the Beechcraft had found and reported an engine problem but, while trying to return in emergency to the airport where he had departed, the aircraft would have fallen down. So Pervez to the agency “Reuters”: “When it took off, just a minute later, the pilot contacted the control tower saying that there was a fault in an engine. He was asked to return, but while returning back it has crashed”.
In the next hours Paolo Scaroni, CEO of Eni and Claudio Descalzi, Director-General of the company, will go to Pakistan to meet their colleagues. (Avionews)
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