PIA Plane Crash: Pilot Ignored Warnings, Engine Skid Marks Found On Karachi Runway
Reports citing ATC sources at Karachi also say that the pilot ignored instructions to lower altitude during his approach. In the following audio clip, posted by LiveATC.net. he can be heard saying ‘we are comfortable” on more than one occasion.
At 10 nautical miles from the airport, the plane was at an altitude of 7,000 feet when it should have been at 3,000 feet. The pilot Sajjad Gul, was PIA’s senior-most A320 pilot.
Pilot error? @Official_PIA plane purportedly scraped runway on first landing attempt at #Karachi. Listen to audio clip of last few minutes of contact with ATC— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) May 25, 2020
(source: https://t.co/op7QWQ6RkJ)#PIAPlanCrash #KarachiPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/GctNItxYbV
The plane’s manufacturer, Airbus, has not made any comment on the probable causes behind the crash. In a crisis statement the company said: “At this stage, Airbus has no confirmed information concerning the circumstances of the accident. The aircraft, registration number AP-BLD, Manufacturer Serial Number 2274, first entered service in 2004. It has been in operation with Pakistan International Airlines since 2014. The aircraft had logged around 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flight cycles...”
The company added that “Airbus is providing full technical assistance to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses of France and to the Pakistani Authorities in charge of the investigation. Technical support is also being provided by Pakistan International Airlines and engine manufacturer CFM”. However, an account by one of two survivors of the crash, 24 year-old Mohammad Zubair, seems to still cast some doubts surrounding the crash. Zubair claims that the aircraft began shaking violently before landing and the pilot informed passengers that the landing could be "troublesome."