Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan presented the preliminary report on the PIA plane crash before the National Assembly on Wednesday, where he accused the pilots of being ‘over confident’.
Based on the initial report, Khan held the pilot, the cabin crew, and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) responsible for the plane crash, which resulted in the deaths of 97 out of 99 persons on board the flight.
“The pilot and the ATC did not follow the procedure. The plane was 100 per cent okay,” said the minister, eliminating the possibility of technical faults with the aircraft.
Khan added that the pilots were not “focused” because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In the last half hour, the pilots’ discussion was about coronavirus, they were not focused as their families were affected,” said the minister, adding that the pilot and co-pilot were both fit and experienced.
While international authorities analyse data of the ill-fated PK-8303 black box, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has alleged that pilot of crashed aircraft did not follow the instructions of the air-traffic controller (ATC) to lower the altitude. In a letter to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), CAA said that the pilot was warned twice about his speed and altitude.
The missing cockpit voice recorder of the PIA PK-8303 that crashed on May 22 has finally been found, the airline confirmed Thursday. Ninety-seven passengers were killed and two survived aftert he plane crash. The recorder was found from the debris and has been handed over to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.
A team of of foreign experts belonging to the manufacturer of the A320 plane that crashed last week near Karachi airport are examining the crash site. 43 of the 97 bodies have been identified and handed over to relatives while the DNA samples of others are being cross checked with those of their relatives. Airbus sent an 11-member team to Pakistan to provide full technical assistance to Pakistani authorities in charge of the investigation as well as the PIA.
Popular Turkish show Dirilis: Ertugrul’s cast sent their condolences to Pakistanis after the lives lost in Friday’s PK-8303 plane crash. The Dirilis Ertugrul cast took to social media and condoled over the deaths of passengers on the PIA plane. They expressed grief on the loss of precious human lives.
The passenger death toll from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, which crashed on Friday afternoon has risen to 97. Only two survived the crash — the chief executive of the Bank of Punjab and a young engineer. The Karachi-bound flight from Lahore had been seconds away from landing at the Karachi airport when it crashed in the residential Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, right outside the airport’s boundary wall.