KARACHI: Work on the flight and cockpit voice recorder of a Pakistani plane that crashed in a densely populated area, killing 97 people, will begin from June 2 in France, the French aviation investigation authority said.
The Airbus A320 aircraft from the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had 91 passengers and eight crew when it crashed into the Jinnah Park area near the Model Colony in Malir on Friday, a few minutes before landing.
Ninety-seven passengers were killed, while people left on the ground were injured.
The 11-member team from the Airbus facility in the city of Toulouse, France, arrived in Pakistan last week to conduct an independent investigation into the accident involving the aircraft.
Flight data recorder (FDR) records the time, altitude, air speed, direction, and attitude of the aircraft as well as other flight characteristics.
Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) is a device used to record audio environments on the flight deck for accident and incident investigation purposes.
This tool records and stores the audio signals of the microphone and pilot headset earphones and the area microphone mounted on the cockpit.
BEA said that the Pakistan Aircraft Accident and Investigation (AAIB) team will fly to France after work at the crash site is complete.
The team of foreign experts included representatives of the Airbus company and members from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries.
They visited the crash site for a week and inspected aircraft debris and escape and found a cockpit voice recorder.
Previously, aircraft flight data recorders were found.
The investigation team, which reached Karachi on May 26, will return after two days.
Because the team was unable to track down some of the key evidence needed for the investigation, they extended their stay.
The team conducted a forensic examination of aircraft wreckage and also collected different parts of the aircraft that would help in identifying the cause of the accident.
They also use drone cameras for that purpose.
The team also visited the radar center at Jinnah International Airport and escaped and reviewed arrangements made for landing and taking off aircraft, checking equipment in the radar room.
The team then visited the control tower and reviewed the code of ethics that was followed after receiving an emergency call.