Islamabad: The 11-member team and engineers from the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will come to provide technical support to the four-member committee formed by the Pakistani government to investigate the May 22 crash of the PIA Flight PK-8303 aircraft.
The plane with 99 passengers aboard was on its way from Lahore to Karachi but was unable to come and crash just minutes before landing. Of the 99 passengers, only two survived.
The team, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will arrive on Monday, will also interview the survivors and witnesses to help the investigation committee reach conclusions whether it was a technical error, accident or pilot error that caused the worst error. aerial tragedy in the country’s recent history.
The two survivors – a banker and local residents – miraculously escaped death when they along with their seats were thrown off the plane when it exploded in the air and crashed in a residential colony near the airport.
Rescue work, cleaning operation stopped
Prior to the arrival of the team, rescue work and cleaning activities to remove various parts of the aircraft engine were destroyed and other objects were stopped.
The team will conduct a thorough inspection of the location as well as the engine and black box.
Earlier, the company on its official Twitter account had announced it would provide assistance to investigators: “We regret to confirm that the A320 operated by Pakistan International Airline was involved in an accident during a PK-8303 flight from Lahore to Karachi on May 22, 2020 Thoughts that came out with all affected. Airbus provides assistance for investigations. “
47,100 flight hours
According to company records, the aircraft was delivered to the PIA in 2014 and has completed 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flight cycles to the point of downing, he added.
Questions about pilot handling of aircraft
Meanwhile, the initial report prepared by CAA raises serious questions about handling pilots on aircraft.
Whether it’s a misjudgment, an accident that hit a bird or a technical error on an aircraft needs to be thoroughly investigated, the report said.
The aircraft engine had crashed into the runway several times when the pilot landed it but after the third attack, he had to lift it due to its high speed and unstable condition.
24-year flying experience
The aircraft pilot, Captain Sajjad Gul, has a 24-year career that is well known in the aviation industry: 17,000 hours of aircraft and 4,700 A320 Airbus hours.
The local CAA team also visited the runway and observed three signs where the plane crashed into the ground.
According to a senior CAA official, it was indicated in an initial report that the aircraft engine first made contact with the ground at 4,500 feet, followed for the second time at 5,500 feet and the third at 7,000 foot markers. However, even though the engine touched the ground, the belly of the plane did not touch the runway, he said.
After the third contact with the runway, the pilot takes off and might think it’s better to take a round in the air and make another effort. Meanwhile the air control room kept reminding him to bring the plane to an altitude of 3,000 feet, but he only managed 1,800. Failure to reach this directional height indicates that the machine is not responding, as indicated in the report.
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