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PK-8303 crash: Investigators hold pilot responsible

97 people died in the crash

Reporting | - Posted: Jun 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Jun 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
PK-8303 crash: Investigators hold pilot responsible

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. - A Pakistani passenger plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area of the southern city of Karachi on May 22. Photo: AFP

Investigators have prepared an interim report in the PIA PK-8303 plane crash and handed it over to the aviation division. It was released on Wednesday.

The investigators blamed the pilot and air traffic controller’s negligence for the crash which claimed 97 lives in Karachi’s Model Colony on May 22.

“At 2:35pm, the aircraft performed an ILS approach for runway 25L and touched down without landing gear, resting on the engines,” it said. “Both engines scrubbed the runway at high speed.”

The traffic control, however, failed to inform the pilots and crew about the damage to the engine.

“The landing was discontinued and a go-around was executed. The intentions to undertake another ILS approach for landing on runway 25L were conveyed, however, shortly after the go-around both engines failed one by one,” it said. The plane was “unable to maintain the required height. The aircrew declared an emergency situation that both engines were lost, and transmitted a Mayday call.”

“The aircraft crashed about 1,340 metres short from runway 25,” said the report. “It was a slow speed impact with high angle of attack, with aircraft configuration indicating landing gear extended and flaps retracted.”

The report said that the “aircraft was serviceable for the said flight. The captain and first officer were adequately qualified and experienced to undertake the said flight,” it added.

The investigation team recovered the Flight Data Recorder, Cockpit Voice Recorder, Enhanced Group Proximity Warning System computer, Quick Access Recorder computer, Flight Controls Data Concentrator computer, Air Data Inertial Reference Unit computer from the wreckage and “earmarked it for advanced analysis at BEA”.

A team from airbus arrived in Pakistan and took the voice recorder and flight data box back to France. It decoded them and handed them over to Pakistani investigators.

The story was first published on June 22, 2020. It has been updated to include more findings from the report.

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  1. Obaid  June 22, 2020 11:19 am/ Reply

    Please report news accurately. You have written PK8505, when in fact it is 8303.

  2. MSA  June 22, 2020 7:00 pm/ Reply

    Very sad and shocking indeed

  3. Ruben Villanueva  June 24, 2020 11:07 pm/ Reply

    The report states “Traffic control, however, failed to inform the pilots and crew about the damage to the engine”. I say, that there was no one in the control tower cab when this happened. Questions not asked or answered by this report.
    1. Did the controller in the Tower see the landing gear down?
    2. Did he see the landing lights on?
    3. If he did not see either one, Why did he not issue “Go Around” instructions immediately?
    4. Why did he he clear 8303 to land, and not use the correct phraseology. “8303, check gear down, wind 250 at 06, cleared to land”.
    5. Why was 8303 on the Karachi Approach Control radio frequency through out this accident, and control never transferred to Karachi Control Tower?
    6. And, it is quite certain, that the Karachi Radar Controller, gave the “cleared to land, runway 25” to 8303. Being a radar controller he was not familiar with the “check gear down”
    6. Who informed Tower or Radar controllers of the ” no gear touchdown” on runway 25?

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