Karachi plane crash: black box recovered, airline says

Karachi plane crash: black box recovered, airline says
Karachi plane crash: black box recovered, airline says

Flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders have been recovered from the site of a plane crash in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least 97 passengers and crew members.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 was flying from Lahore to Karachi on Friday when it took place around 09:45 GMT. The Airbus A320, carrying 99 people, crashed into a busy residential district in the southern city after trying to land at the airport twice.

The black box was found yesterday afternoon, we are handing it over to the board of inquiry, ”PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan said on Saturday, clarifying that both the flight data recorder and the voice recorder booths were located.

Health Ministry spokesman Miran Yusuf told Al Jazeera over phone that 66 bodies have been stored at Jinnah Graduate Medical Center, Karachi's largest government hospital and 31 Karachi Civil Hospital, another major state hospital. . Two male passengers survived the accident.

Prior to an accident, the pilot told air traffic controllers that he had lost power from both engines, according to a recording posted on an honor aviation monitoring website liveatc.net.

"Our aircraft [an Airbus] A320 was coming from Lahore to Karachi," PIA chief Arshad Malik said in a video message after the accident.

"The last words we heard from our pilot was a technical problem and they were told in the final approach that they had both runways available for landing. But the pilot decided he wanted to turn around."

The plane told local media that the plane crashed near the colony's model colony.

Dense columns of black smoke appeared above the houses on the tight streets of the neighborhood, with television footage showing several buildings crushed by the impact of the aircraft.

Parts of the aircraft, including emergency exit gates, were scattered on the roads.

Airbus said the aircraft first flew in 2004 and was equipped with engines manufactured by CFM International, owned by General Electric and Safran of France.

Worst air disaster in years

Immediately after the accident, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that an investigation would take place,

Last week, the country resumed national flights, which were suspended due to the coronovirus epidemic, and many traveled during the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan .

This year's holiday is expected to fall on Sunday or Monday in the country, which is subject to the moon sighting.

Friday's accident is the worst air crash in Pakistan since 2012, when a banquet air passenger jet, a Boeing 737, crashed in the capital Islamabad, killing 127 people.

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