The engines of the A320 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) hit the runway on the first landing attempt. (Video)
On 22 May, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed close to Karachi airport. The aircraft involved was Airbus A320 AP-BLD - 15.7 years. It carried 99 people on board, 91 passengers and 8 crew members, from Lahore to Karachi (# PK8303).
In recent days, new information has emerged about the plane crash in Pakistan. The engines of the A320 hit the runway on the first landing attempt. It seems to be a first landing on the "belly". The investigation is ongoing.
The engines of the A320 hit the runway on the first landing attempt.
According to international sources, the aircraft was on its second attempt to land at Karachi Airport (OPKC). The plane took off from Lahore at 13:05 local time (08:05 UTC) and was due to arrive in Karachi around 14:45 (09:45 UTC).
Received approval to land on runway 25L. At 14:35, the pilots announced that they will operate the "go-around" procedure and a new ILS approach for the 25L runway. The air traffic controller recommended a 110 turn and a climb to 3000feet. 4 minutes later, the pilots reported losing their engines and later declared Mayday. The aircraft crashed in a residential area called Model Colony, about 1360 m from the runway threshold 25L.
Investigators said both black boxes of the plane were recovered from the crash site and sent for decoding.