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Pakistan plane crash survivor recounts horrifying ordeal: ‘All I could see was fire’

A miracle survivor of a doomed Pakistani airliner which crashed, killing nearly 100 people aboard, was surrounded by fire and screams when he awoke, according to a report.

Muhammad Zubair lost consciousness when Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 came down, the BBC reported.

“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,” Zubair said. “I opened my seatbelt and saw some light — I went towards the light. I had to jump down about 10 feet to get to safety.”

Seconds before the crash, the pilot told air traffic controllers he had lost power in both engines, Reuters reported.

Flight PK8303 carried 91 passengers — including many families traveling ahead of Sunday’s Eid al-Fitr holiday — and eight crew. It departed from Lahore.

The pilot was attempting to land at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport at about 2:30 p.m. local time when the plane came down.

Zubair had only minor injuries. He said the pilot attempted one landing before the plane crashed about 10 minutes later.

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Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan.

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Aftermath of PIA Airbus A-320 fatal crash in Karachi
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A rescue worker checks bodies of victims after a plane crashed in Karachi, Pakistan.

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A still from a video clip reportedly shows Zafar Masood after surviving a plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan.

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The scene in Karachi, Pakistan, where a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed on Friday.

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At least four houses collapsed in a mess of fire and smoke, the BBC said. TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris. A number of cars were set on fire as a result of the crash.

Passengers had no idea the plane was in trouble.

“No one was aware that the plane was about to crash; they were flying the plane in a smooth manner,” Zubair said.

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