Pakistani Airliner Crash, What You Need to Know Now
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK8303 crashed on Friday within the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
97 people were killed after the crash of flight PK8303 from Lahore to Karachi airport on May 22, 2020. Onboard were 99 people, including 89 passengers and eight crew members.
The airliner decreased in Model Colony, a busy residential district near Jinnah International airport. As multiple elements emerge on social media, the thesis of an aborted belly-landing seems likely.
The A320 registered AP-BLD took faraway from Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) shortly after 8 am (UTC). It was scheduled to reach Karachi Jinnah International Airport (KHI) 1,5 hours later.
Data extracted from flightradar24 shows that the approach was above usual for Karachi airport. Ten miles faraway from the airport, the plane was still at an altitude of seven,000 feet rather than the nominal 3,000 feet.
According to local media, Karachi traffic control warned the flight crew three times of their faulty altitude, to which the pilot responded by saying that he was “satisfied.”
It appears that the A320 had not deployed its landing gears when it touched runway 25L, as shown by footage released by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority. Instead, engines impacted the ground. Scratch marks of the left engine appear at the 4,500 feet mark from the edge, and more scratches, this point from both engines, at 5,500 feet.
From this moment, pilots aborted the landing and decided to hold out a go-around. A nearby plane-spotter took a picture of the aircraft, with both engines damaged.
The flight staff radioed Air Traffic Control to report they lost engine. “We are proceeding direct, we’ve lost engines,” said the captain, shortly before crashing during a residential district, about 4,400 feet from the airport runways.
Two passengers survived, but 97 bodies are recovered, Pakistan soldiers spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said on Saturday. Army troops, rangers, and welfare organizations were assisting within the search, he added.
He added: “97 bodies recovered. 2 passengers survived. Twenty-five affected houses cleared; their residents accommodated at various places with the help of Civil Administration.”
The investigation will need to determine if the landing gears were faulty, or if the flight crew forgot to increase them before landing. The flight data and cockpit voice recorders are recovered. An interim report should be published in three months.
The last incident of that scale involving PIA aircraft dates back to 2016 when a passenger aircraft ATR 42-500 carrying 47 people crashed in the mountainous area near Abbottabad, Pakistan.