[68] In the report, the Captain was cited as being "overconfident". The news is by your side. [18] The landing gear was installed in October 2014 and was next due for major servicing or replacement after 10 years in 2024. [71], Before the first landing attempt (according to the CVR and FDR), multiple alerts including the over speed and gear unsafe warning, as well as ground proximity warning system (GPWS) all sounded, but were either missed or disregarded by the flight crew. Of the 91 passengers and 8 crew on board the aircraft (99 total onboard), 97 were killed, and two passengers survived with injurie… [12] PIA's spokesman Abdullah Hafiz Khan has said that 18 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. [41][32], DNA testing was used to identify some of the victims. Questions, however, have been raised about whether the co-pilot of the plane should have spoken up or whether the ATC should have been more forceful about the flight's unstable initial approach. On 22 May 2020, the Airbus A320 in use crashed in Model Colony, a densely populated residential area of Karachi a few kilometres from the runway, while on a second approach after a failed landing. Friction marks on the runway suggested there had been some ground contact; at the runway's 1,400-metre (4,500 ft) mark, the plane's left engine is believed to have scraped the runway; at the 1,700-metre (5,500 ft) mark, the right engine made contact. Our thoughts are with all those affected. [23] Most of the injured were women and children. Audio recordings suggest the ATC did warn the pilot about the incorrect height and speed, but the pilot was heard responding that he was confident about managing the landing. Ary News does not go into the details of the pilot's and ATC's faults; these details are expected to be clearer once the probe report is made public. [8][25][26] It was powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines,[27] which were most recently installed in February and May 2019. [48][49], Pakistan had allowed domestic flights to resume, following suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic, six days earlier on 16 May. [32] As of 10 June 2020, 95 people have been identified, per Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan. The national flag carrier’s PK-8303 tragedy on Friday, in which 97 people were killed and two miraculously survived, is one of the most catastrophic aviation disasters in the country’s history. [55] The EASA also banned the airline from flying to the United Kingdom. [29][59][60] Subsequently, an 11-member Airbus team visited the crash site on 26 May. [38][39][40] Ten days after the accident, one of the injured residents, a child maid, died in the hospital due to burn injuries. The recording shows the aircraft touching down on the runway on its engines with sparks resulting from friction with the asphalt at high speed. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. A preliminary probe into the crash of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303, which left nearly 100 people dead, has laid the blame for the accident on the pilot of the plane and the air traffic controller (ATC) who was in communication with him, Pakistani media reported on Monday. When only 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) from the airport, the aircraft was at an altitude of 7,000 feet instead of 3,000 feet (910 m). The preliminary probe, which is to be presented to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, says that the pilot of the flight did not follow procedure and was overconfident, according to a news report by Ary News. [32] One of the passengers was an American citizen. [15], According to officials from Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), complications had arisen during the aircraft's first descent. [47] Many international leaders and celebrities also sent their condolences. [46] The President, Arif Alvi, tweeted his condolences. [20] The pilot[specify] had a flying experience of 18,000 flight hours. Twelve seconds later, one of the pilots declared a mayday emergency,[3][16][17] which was the final communication with the aircraft. [5][9][29][30][15] The death toll was confirmed as 97, consisting solely of those on board the plane[11][31] but later one of those injured on the ground died. At 14:30 the plane was 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) from Karachi, at Makli, flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 m) instead of the recommended 7,000 feet (2,100 m), when ATC issued its first warning to reduce altitude. [51][52] One of the survivors was identified as banker Zafar Masud, who is the CEO of the Bank of Punjab. [67], In a report published on 22 June 2020, both the air traffic controller on duty and flight crew's actions were reported to have been contributing factors which ultimately culminated in the crash. [57][58], The investigation is being conducted by Pakistan's Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB). [42][needs update] Edhi Foundation has reported about 19 bodies being taken away by relatives by force from its morgue, without providing proof to establish identity or waiting for identification through DNA testing. The EASA stated that the decision could be appealed. [62], The aircraft's flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) were recovered[63][64] and flown to France. [54], Five days later on 30 June, PIA was banned from flying into the European Union for six months for failing multiple safety tests and for failing to properly implement a safety management system, as stated in a letter sent to PIA from the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA). Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 -- a Lahore-Karachi service -- crashed into a densely populated area of Karachi while on its second landing attempt. [5][12] Video footage of the crash scene showed emergency teams trying to reach the scene amid the rubble, clouds of black smoke and flames in the background. The flight, piloted by captain Sajjad Gul and first officer Usman Azam,[1][2] took off from Lahore at 13:05. 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[69], A fourteen-page preliminary report on the accident was released on 24 June. According to Ary News, the probe was conducted by Pakistan's Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board. ATC issued a second instruction to turn to descend. [34][35] Five officers from the Pakistan Army and one from the Pakistan Air Force were also among the victims. Pakistan International Airlines PK8303 had “lost the engines” and was attempting “belly landing” before it crashed in a residential area in Karachi on Friday, an audio clip of the ATC’s conversation with the pilot has revealed. Jinnah Airport is surrounded by urban areas on all sides save for the north side, which leads to a scenario very similar to San Diego or Kai Tak with jets having to pass low over urban buildings before landing on one of the two runways. 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The crash left 97 people -- including the pilots -- dead, with two passengers miraculously surviving. [23] Faisal Edhi said 25–30 people were hospitalized, mostly due to burns. [11] Khan also announced an inquiry,[45] while PIA was reported to have shut down its website. 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ARY NEWS - … [3][4]:10 and was near the end of its 90-minute journey,[5] when it crashed at around 14:45 (09:45 UTC)[6][7] into the densely-populated neighborhood of Model Colony[8] around 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the airport. [65], Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the federal minister for the Aviation Division, said that the full results of the inquiry would be made available within three months. A preliminary probe into the crash of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303, which left nearly 100 people dead, has laid the blame for the accident on the pilot of the plane and the air traffic controller (ATC) who was in communication with him, Pakistani media reported on Monday. The landing gear was extended at a height of 7,200 ft when the aircraft was 10 nautical miles away, but the landing gear was inexplicably retracted by the time it came to 5 nautical miles from the runway. On 22 May 2020, the Airbus A320 in use crashed in Model Colony, a densely populated residential area of Karachi a few kilometres from the runway, while on a second approach after a failed landing. [15][3] One of the pilots radioed air traffic control (ATC) reporting landing gear issues and the failure of both engines. [61] The United States' National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also stated they would assist in the investigation. [11] One of the pilots told the controller, "we are returning back, sir, we have lost engines." [11][12] The crash damaged buildings in the area,[9] some of which caught fire. Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 was a scheduled domestic flight from Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. One of the pilots responded again by stating that he was satisfied and able to handle the situation, and that he was prepared for landing. 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[5] ATC confirmed to the pilot that he was cleared to use either of the airport's two runways, requesting, "Confirm your attempt on belly? [21], The narrow streets and alleys comprising the area inhibited the rescue services. [5] ISPR, the Pakistani military's media wing, reported that special forces of the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers had set up a cordon. [4]:12, In the footage of the crash from the CCTV camera on the building near the crash site, the aircraft's landing gear was extended at the moment of impact. Now, a liquid window that's 'smart' enough to cut electricity use, reduce your power bills, Battered Congress looks at hard road ahead, Is 2020 the worst year for civilisation? The pilot then decided to initiate a 'go around', i.e. [53], On 25 June 2020, 150 of 434 pilots employed by PIA were indefinitely grounded for holding "either bogus or suspicious licenses". The preliminary probe's reported findings are in line with earlier news reports that suggested that the pilot of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 had ignored warnings both within the cockpit and from the ATC. [13] Public figures across Pakistan expressed their sadness and shock at the incident. The pilot reporting losing "engine" (it's not known if one or both) before the flight ultimately crashed. For reprint rights: Syndications Today, The Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 that crashed on May 22 was an Airbus A320 model (Reuters picture for representation), ATC, overconfident pilot blamed for crash of PIA Flight 8303: Report. [27] The aircraft had logged 47,124 flight hours. [13] The crash was captured on video by a CCTV camera on the roof of one of these buildings (this building was further away from the crash site and not damaged), which shows the aircraft just before crashing into the neighborhood. It was then leased to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) by GECAS on 31 October 2014, with registration AP-BLD. [4]:12 The contact with the runway may have caused substantial damage to the engines' critical components located on the underside, consequently leading to failure. However, during the second landing attempt, the plane was apparently unable to maintain height. When the pilot went around, it is believed damage had already been caused to both engines from this contact, leading to engine failure after the go-around. [19] Observers noted that the plane's backup ram air turbine (RAT) was deployed, the purpose of which is to supply power to the aeroplane's control systems when both engines have failed and without the auxiliary power unit (APU) running. [36][37], Meeran Yousaf, the spokesman of Sindh Health Department, has said eight residents of the Model Colony were injured in the crash and most victims' corpses had suffered burns. Airbus, the aircraft's manufacturer, cited they would be providing assistance to the investigation. The pilots disengaged the autopilot, and switched to "Open Descent" mode, in an effort to capture the ILS glide path, the aircraft momentarily achieved descent rates of over -7000fpm. The plane had operated a flight from Muscat to Lahore on the day prior to the accident. [33] The Pakistani model and actress Zara Abid was one of the flight's passengers. [18] The Civil Aviation Authority had declared the aircraft fit for flight until 5 November. The ATC and approach tower controllers have submitted written reply to the investigation board probing into PIA plane, PK-8303, crash incident. [14], The aircraft had made an initial aborted landing attempt. [18], Pakistan International Airlines released details of the flight manifest which shows 91 passengers (51 men, 31 women, and 9 children); there were also eight crew members. From 7 May onward, the plane had conducted six flights. Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 was a scheduled domestic flight from Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. [22] Edhi Foundation's Faisal Edhi said at least 25 houses suffered damage due to the crash. [43] Some families of the victims have alleged that the DNA identification tests carried out by the authorities were improper, accusing them of delay and misidentification. [11], The crashed aircraft was an Airbus A320-214,[24] built in 2004, with manufacturer's serial number 2274, and owned by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Here’s what historians say, Covid reinfection confirmed in US man, second bout was more severe, Ahead of Hyderabad civic polls, TRS leader K Swamy Goud joins BJP, Good news: Son of street vendor clears medical entrance exam, Mehbooba Mufti named in Jammu and Kashmir land scam, Cyclone Nivar: Tamil Nadu CM announces public holiday tomorrow, urges people to stay indoors, Sedition case: Bombay HC asks Mumbai Police not to take action against Kangana, India briefs foreign diplomats, hands over dossier on Nagrota incident, Kids watch in horror as burqa-clad woman fires bullets, hurls abuses at Delhi shop owner, BJP will form govt in Maharashtra in two-three months, claims MoS Raosaheb Danve, Copyright © 2020 Living Media India Limited. Of the 91 passengers and 8 crew on board the aircraft, 97 were killed, and two passengers survived with injuries. It eventually attempted to land without the landing gear extended.