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Evidence from crashed Pakistan International Airlines’s Airbus A320 revealed that crew tried to execute a go-around in a second attempt to land while conducting an ILS approach to runway 25L at Karachi International Airport.
The Ground-Air communication from flight PK8303 from Lahore on 22 May reveal that the crew was unable to hold on to the required altitude as both engines failed and then informed ATC that they had “lost engines”.
A PIA Airbus A320 on flight PK8303 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, initially reported an uneventful final approach descending through 3,500ft and established on the ILS for 25L at 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT)
But soon after receiving clearance for landing the pilots decided to go-around in a second attempt to land on ILS approach.
When controllers instructed the crew to turn left on a heading of 110° and climb to 3,000ft, the aircraft began to drop altitude to 2,000ft, and the crew requested for 2,000ft to approach.
The crew then said “now maintaining…trying to maintain” even after altitude was approved. Then immediately crew said we “lost engines” and the controller asked whether they are going to carry out a “belly landing” as landing gear was not deployed seen.
Then immediately crew replies “mayday, mayday, mayday” – then lost communication.
Airbus identified the aircraft involved as AP-BLD, powered by CFM International CFM56 engines which entered service in 2004 and operated with PIA since 2014.
The aircraft accumulated about 47,100 flight hours over the course of 25,860 cycles.
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) May 22, 2020
Smoke billowed from Karachi's Model Colony district following the crash of flight #PK8303.
Karachi's mayor said all 107 people on board died but other officials later said at least 2 survived pic.twitter.com/LNRZximTE2
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