Airbus A320 Crash In Karachi Kills 97

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Airbus A320 Crash In Karachi Kills 97

Postby toucana on May 23rd, 2020, 6:02 am

A Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK8303 en route from Lahore to Karachi crashed yesterday with the loss of at least 97 lives while attempting to land at Jinnah International Airport.

ATC transcripts and videos of the final approach indicate that the Airbus A320 airliner was on its second attempt at landing after aborting a previous overspeed landing attempt, and that it crashed shortly after declaring a Mayday with the pilot reporting both engines failed.

Photo enlargements from the final seconds appear to show that the undersides of both engine pods were damaged, and that the emergency RAT (ram air turbine) generator was deployed from the underside of the plane indicating a catastrophic loss of electrical power from both of the engine driven generators.


It would appear that the pilots had crash ‘bounced’ the A320 onto the runway during the initial approach and effectively wrecked both engines, before attempting to take off and go around again. It is thought that the landing gear may not have been correctly deployed, or was prematurely retracted during the initial landing attempt.
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