KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – The cockpit voice recorder of the Pakistani airliner that crashed last week was found on Thursday, six days after the passenger plane crashed in a crowded area near the airport in Karachi city, and killed 97 people Board were killed.
The recorder that was recovered from the debris was then handed over to Airbus experts. The Pakistani aviation authorities announced this week that they will share their first results with the 11-person visiting team from the European aircraft manufacturer.
The other part of the black box, a flight data recorder, was restored within hours of the crash. However, the voice recorder in the cockpit has been missing since the plane crashed last Friday in a congested residential area near Jinnah International Airport.
There were only two survivors of the Airbus A320 crash, which carried 91 passengers and eight crew members. Abdullah Hafeez Khan, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, said restoring the cockpit voice recorder was a major development as it would play an important role in investigating the crash.
Pakistani Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told reporters on Thursday that a preliminary report on the crash and reports of other crashes in recent years will be presented to Parliament on June 22 after Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to release all reports of past plane crashes .
Initial reports said that the plane had crashed after an obvious engine failure. The so-called black box consists of two components, the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. Technical experts would review both recorders to determine what caused the crash that occurred just a few days after Pakistan resumed domestic flights before a Muslim holiday after the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The doomed PIA passenger plane was only half full, and every second seat was empty to follow the social distance in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A transmission of the pilot’s final exchange with air traffic control published on the LiveATC.net website indicates that a landing attempt failed and that the aircraft was circling to try again when it crashed.
The crash investigation report is expected to be completed within three months. The results will be presented to parliament, Khan said.
Associate press clerk Munir Ahmed from Islamabad contributed to this report.