Karachi: Pakistan Air Force trainer plane crashed in Baldia Town. The plane first hit an electricity pole, then the edge of its one wing collided with the top of a bus before hitting three other buses and crashing into the bus terminal ground here.

In the ground near the Mirage trainer plane’s burnt fuselage were the three buses that took the brunt of the damage. The place was strewn with shards of glass as the air reeked of burnt oil.

Ubaid Awan, an area resident, said: “My wife and I were returning from the market when we heard this terrible explosion. There were pieces of the plane scattered everywhere and besides the plane and the buses it crashed upon, the bushes also were on fire.

“The buses broke the plane’s fall, otherwise it would have entered the residential area and there would have been further devastation,” he said.