Muhammad Zubair was among 99 passengers on board the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft that plunged into a densely populated residential area on Friday, killing 97 people, including nine children.
Zafar Massod, chief executive of Bank of Punjab, and Muhammad Zubair, 24, a young engineer miraculously survived the crash. Mohammad Zubair, a mechanical engineer working on a project in Gujranwala, shared details of the horrific incident. He was on his way home for Eid.
The plane was coming very smoothly, 8303 of PIA. My seat was 8F. When it was reaching Jinnah International Airport, the pilot announced that ‘we are landing, fasten your seat belts’. We fastened seat belts.
Zubair said the plane hit the runway momentarily before it was flown upwards. “People began to pray ardently,” he said. But this time plane “jolted violently” in mid-air.
“The pilot then flew the plane for 10 or 15 minutes. He again announced that the plane was landing. When this announcement was made, I looked down and it appeared to me a residential area below,” he said.
It said he believed it was turbulence, but, according to the report, the pilot quickly came on the intercom to say the plane was experiencing engine
The pilot, according to Zubair, seemed to be searching for empty space to land the plane but was unable to find any. “I saw the area engulfed in flames and could hear screams from adults and children alike.
When the plane caught fire Zubair unfastened his seat belt, he said he came out of the plane, and then had to jump “from nearly 10 feet high.”He dragged himself out of the rubble before someone pulled him into an ambulance.
“The next moment there was a hard crash and I lost consciousness,” said Zubair, adding that when he woke up there was ‘smoke everywhere’, he dragged himself out of the rubble before someone pulled him into an ambulance.
Zubair, is being treated for burns in a hospital in Karachi, the hospital administration said that Zubair sustained minor injuries and is currently under treatment at the burns ward.