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Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 crashes near Karachi Airport, May 22

Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 crashes near Karachi Airport, May 22

Old May 22, 20, 4:40 am
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Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 crashes near Karachi Airport, May 22

A passenger jet flying from Lahore to Karachi has crashed into buildings near Karachi Airport, with casualties reported.

Pakistanís prime minister, Imran Khan, has promised an investigation after a passenger plane with 98 people onboard crashed near Karachi, with dozens believed to have been killed.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK8303 was on a routine domestic service from Lahore to Karachi, and was almost at the end of the 90-minute flight when it crashed on the approach to Karachiís Jinnah International Airport.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a9527941.html

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Old May 22, 20, 8:31 am
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Yes just seen another report saying 98 dead. A fluid situation as regards reporting. Condolences to all the families. A320 was the aircraft
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Old May 22, 20, 10:22 am
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Press Release on PIA website

There is a press release on PIA's website giving basic data only.

Flight number was PK8303 which departed Lahore at 1308 local time, operated by AP-BLD, an Airbus A320-214 carrying 91 pax and a crew of 2 / 6 for a total (presumed) 99 souls on board.

Presumably this will be updated by PIA as more info becomes available.
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Old May 22, 20, 10:22 am
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This is really really sad, especially how Eid is in just a few days...

My deepest condolences to the families of those on board...
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Old May 22, 20, 1:10 pm
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Deepest condolences, what a tragic event so close to the Eid festival and the fact that the aircraft was a mere 200m away from the runway at Karachi Jinnah International.

This is devastating news all round, more so to me as I flew out from this very airport to London 3 weeks today.


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Old May 22, 20, 3:41 pm
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Old May 22, 20, 8:11 pm
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Hopefully it wasn't what some were saying. Inadvertent gear up landing. Looking at photos it looks like the engines have scoring on the undersides. What I heard on the Live ATC doesn't sound very professional. Even the before the go around radio transmissions weren't remotely iaco standard. ATC giving them a heading when they were already established on the ils? what the heck.

Wild speculation but gear issue to a go around followed by no TOGA press or thrust lever advancement excessive sink rate panic go around too low contact ground leads to dual engine failure. Looking at the video looks like they held it at high AOA till ground impact, i'd say whatever envelope protections the A320 has saved them from fully stalling it in.
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Old May 22, 20, 8:41 pm
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Here's a pretty good analysis based on the preliminary information available shortly after the accident.


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Old May 23, 20, 9:40 am
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Do we know what engines these were? Rolls? CFM? I couldn't find this out.

Basic logic tells you that if both engines died at such low altitude there is no room/altitude for recovery possible so their fate was sealed unfortunately. God how awful.
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The sources I've seen say CFM.
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Old May 23, 20, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by LarryJ View Post
The sources I've seen say CFM.

The Airbus A320-214 model uses a CFM56 engine made by CFM International, a joint venture between US-based General Electric and France's Safran.

Posted on several sites without anyone challenging this.

IIRC, it was purchased by one of the Chinese carriers (China Eastern / Southern ?) before being purchased by PIA, and has flown several segments since Covid groundings.
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Apparently two survived the crash!

Sadly 97 died. RIP

https://www.globalvillagespace.com/p...-before-crash/
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Apparently two survived the crash!

.......
Yup, the bank president in 1C right by 1L door and the young engineer in overwing exit row seat 10C (never mind the seatmap of A321 in Daily Mail, unless they corrected it after publishing it).

Sadly, all of the info published so far points to operator error
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