AAIB releases final report on PIA Airbus A320 crash

Four years after the tragic crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) has reportedly released its final report on the incident.

On May 22, 2020, the Airbus A320, en route from Lahore to Karachi, crashed, resulting in the deaths of 99 passengers and crew members, along with two individuals on the ground. Remarkably, only two passengers survived the catastrophic event.

The AAIB’s comprehensive investigation concluded that human error was the primary cause of the crash. According to the report, the pilot received four warnings from air traffic control about the plane’s unusually high altitude before attempting to land.

The investigation highlighted a significant lack of communication and coordination between the aircraft’s pilots and air traffic controllers. During the first landing attempt, the pilots failed to deploy the landing gear, causing the plane’s engines to strike the runway and catch fire. The report also noted that air traffic control did not alert the pilots to the engine fire.

Furthermore, the report revealed that the final four minutes of flight data were not recorded due to an engine failure that cut off the aircraft’s electrical supply.

The AAIB placed administrative responsibility for the accident on both PIA and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), citing deficiencies in oversight and management.

This final report underscores the critical need for improved communication and procedural adherence to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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