One American was aboard the plane that crashed in Pakistan, official says

“We are closely monitoring the situation and with the local authorities,”officials said. “Our staff in Pakistan and here in the United States is working tirelessly to provide all possible consular assistance.”

“We offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of all those affected. Out of respect for privacy, we have nothing further to increase, in this period of time.”

A Pakistan International Airlines(PIA)flight crashed Friday in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi, according to the Ministry of Health and long Azra Fazal. The airline’s chief Executive said at a news conference, the flight from Lahore carrying 99 passengers and crew members in total. The plane did not hit any buildings and no people on the ground seem to have been killed, PIA CEO empty a Deputy Sheriff Malik al Shah told reporters in Karachi on Friday. The plane landed in a lane, he added.

At least 76 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, according to the statement of the Sindh Health Department.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Friday afternoon that he was”shocked and saddened to hear of the plane crash today in Karachi.”

“My prayers go out to those killed and wounded, and their families,”he wrote. “The United States stands with Pakistan in this difficult time.”

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