A Pakistan International Airlines flight – PK 8303, an Airbus A320, crashlanded near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, following a failed landing attempt before the crash, killing all the 91 passengers and six crew members.
“The black box had been found late yesterday, we are handing it over to the inquiry board,” Abdullah Khan, spokesperson for PIA told Reuters. Only two passengers survived in the Pakistan plane crash.
The last received message from the pilot was that there was a technical problem.
Seconds before the crash, the last words from the pilot to the air traffic controllers said they’ve lost control of both the engines, a credible aviation monitoring website revealed, according to Reuters.
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When the air traffic controller asked if the plane is going to make a belly landing, replying, the pilot told “mayday, mayday, mayday”, according to the BBC.
‘Mayday’ is an international radio distress signal used by aircraft and ships, that resembles the French word m’aider meaning ‘help me’ in French.
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One of the two surviving passengers in conversation with BBC told that all he could see was fire, recalling the horrifying incident.
He told the plane tried to attempt one landing and crashed 10-15 minutes later.
“I could hear screams from all directions. Kids and adults. All I could see was fire. I couldn’t see any people – just hear their screams”.
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After crashing the aircraft went ahead, crossing the runway parameter and hitting the adjacent Model Colony residential area.
It is still unclear how many dead were passengers and how many of them were people on the ground.
Friday’s Pakistan place crash is the worst in the nation’s aviation records, except for 2012’s Bhoja Air incident, killing all the 127 onboard, following a crash landing in Islamabad.
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