Pakistani authorities announced on May 26, that Airbus experts began investigating the crash of a PIA aircraft near Karachi last week, killing 97 people. On Tuesday, Al-Arabiya reports.
⚠️Accident @Airbus #A320 AP-BLD @Official_PIA / @BEA_Aero team arrived this morning at Karachi and is now on accident site / the safety investigation is led by Pakistan’s AAIB.#PIA8303 pic.twitter.com/cO5glVhYwm— BEA ✈️ 🚁🛩 🇫🇷 (@BEA_Aero) May 26, 2020
The A320 airliner crashed into residential buildings after unsuccessful attempts to land at the airport in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Initial reports said that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane flying Lahore – Karachi crashed after an engine failure.
On Tuesday, Pakistani aviation authorities announced that they had already shared the initial results of their investigation with a team of 11 people representing a European aircraft manufacturer. Airbus experts and engineers must visit the crash site. “We provide all kinds of assistance to Airbus technicians,” said PIA spokesman Abdul Hafiz.
Only two people onboard the A320 crashed, including Zafar Masoud, who runs one of the Pakistani banks.
Flight PK-8303 flew out of the eastern city of Lahore and crashed on Friday, May 22, while trying to land at Karachi Airport, said Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority Abdul Sattar Kohar. In the area where the passenger side fell, 18 houses were damaged, but none of their inhabitants died, mainly because at that time residents gathered for Friday prayers in nearby mosques. Eight people on earth were injured.
So far, Pakistan has handed over 41 bodies to the families of the victims, Hafiz said, adding that DNA tests are currently underway to identify the remains of other victims aboard the ship.
The crashed plane passed a technical check-in November last year. On April 28, the PIA chief engineer signed a separate certificate confirming that all work in the framework of the aircraft maintenance was carried out properly. Airbus reported that, as of last Friday, the twin-engine A320 has completed 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flights since the aircraft began to operate.
Pakistan has a poor track record of aviation and helicopter accidents over the years, Al-Arabia notes. In 2012, a Bhoja Airlines flight from Karachi to Islamabad crashed, killing more than 125 people. It was the second deadliest aviation incident in Pakistan after 152 people were killed near Karachi in 2010. In 2016, a PIA airplane caught fire after one of its two turboprop engines crashed while flying from the country’s northern region to Islamabad. Then killed more than 40 people.