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Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 – Crash Was A ‘Human Error’

Updated: Jul 25

BY: Danyal Khan

The Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) plane crash that killed 97 people in Pakistan on May 22, 2020 has been declared to be a result of human error by the pilot and the air traffic control, as stated by an initial report into the disaster. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that they had failed to follow protocol when he was announcing the findings in parliament. He also said that the pilots had been distracted while they were having conversations about the coronavirus. The passenger plane crashed on houses in Karachi last month. Only two passengers survived. The passenger plane was making its way from Lahore when it came down in a residential area in the city of Karachi, after trying to land it at the city’s Jinnah International Airport. There was nothing wrong with the aircraft, an Airbus A320, that was run by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), said Mr. Khan. Mr. Khan also stated that the pilot had initially failed to deploy the landing gears correctly, which eventually led to the aircraft scraping the runway before taking off again. The Minister reported that as it was about to make a second landing, air traffic controllers did not inform the pilot that the engines had been left severely damaged. Alleged audio of the conversation between air traffic control and the pilot for the second attempt was released shortly after the crash by Pakistani media outlets. An air traffic controller asked whether it is going to carry out a “belly landing”, to which the pilot replied ‘mayday, mayday, mayday”- This was the final communication from the plane. One of the two surviving passengers, named Muhammad Zubair, stated there were 10-15 minutes between the first attempt at landing and the crash. The passenger recalled how he lost consciousness during the sudden descent and woke up to smoke and screaming. PIA said that the plane had joined the fleet in 2014 after passing its annual airworthiness inspection last November. The crash had occurred just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after COVID-19 restrictions were eased. Pakistan has a varied aviation safety record, which includes a number of airliner crashes. In 2010, an aircraft that was being operated by a private airline by the name of Airblue came down in Islamabad, killing all 152 passengers on board. This was known to be the deadliest air disaster in Pakistani history. In 2012, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan’s Bhoja Air crashed in bad weather when it was approaching to land in Rawalpindi. All 121 passengers and six crew were killed. And in 2016, a PIA flight went into flames while it was going from Northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing 47 passengers.

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