At Least 8 Dead After Cargo Plane Crashes In Pakistan

"A plane crashed early Sunday in the southern port city of Karachi, killing at least eight people on board and sending flames shooting through the night sky, a Pakistani official said.

The cargo plane took off at 1:45 a.m. from the Jinnah Karachi International Airport for Khartoum, Sudan, said Pervez George, a spokesman for Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority. It went down a few minutes later in the Gulistan-e Johar section of Karachi, an area where many Pakistani naval officers live.

Masood Raza, a Karachi district government official, told CNN affiliate GEO News in Pakistan that the pilot appeared to deliberately bring the plane down in a less densely populated residential area in order to save lives.

""If the plane would have crashed in a (more crowded) residential area, it would have been a very big disaster for the city of Karachi,"" Raza said.

All eight people confirmed dead were members of the downed aircraft's crew and all are Russian nationals, said George."