The 11-member investigating team of Airbus reached Pakistan from France on Tuesday to initiate an investigation into the plane crash last week that killed 97 people when an Airbus A-320 of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) landed in an overcrowded neighborhood near the Karachi Airport.
The probe team inspected the runway of the Jinnah International Airport. They also visited the air traffic control tower and radar control station.
The Airbus experts and engineers also visited the crash site of flight PK-8303, where they were given a briefing by officials of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, Radio Pakistan reported.
“We are providing all possible assistance to the technical experts of Airbus,” said Abdul Hafeez, a spokesperson for PIA.
The Airbus experts are expected to take the aircraft’s black box recorder which contains the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder and any other evidence that would help with the investigation.
The team will fly back to France at 10 pm tonight after 16-hours of investigation.
Only two people on board survived the crash, including Zafar Masood, a bank executive.
The flight took off from Lahore and crashed on Friday as it attempted to land at Jinnah International Airport. The plane attempted unsuccessfully to land at Karachi airport before the crash. Authorities found the plane’s black box and kept the crash site to facilitate the probe.
On the ground, 18 homes were damaged but no one was killed, mainly because the local residents were gathered at nearby mosques at the time, officials had said. Eight people on the ground were injured.
So far, authorities have handed over 41 bodies to their families, Hafeez said, adding that DNA tests were underway to identify the remains of the other victims.
The national carrier issued international and domestic tickets to the survivors.
According to the national carrier’s spokesperson, bodies of the victims are being taken to their homes on the special instructions of the prime minister. Four bodies have been delivered to Lahore and three to Islamabad.
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