According to Pakistan’s aviation minister, the pilot’s “overconfidence and lack of concentration” and human error are some reasons for the crash that killed 97 people onboard the aircraft. The domestic flight on Airbus A320 aircraft from Lahore to Karachi crashed just seconds away from the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22.
The aircraft had 91 passengers and 8 crew members on board when it crashed near the airport in Model Colony in Milar. One passenger died on the ground from sustained injuries and only two passengers survived the crash.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Federal Minister for Aviation registered the investigation report on the crash at the National Assembly. He said the pilots were not focused on the task at hand and this had caused the crash.
He added that human error by the pilots and air traffic control had caused the crash of the Airbus A320 aircraft. Also Read– Floods hit northwest Turkey killing 5
“The pilots and the ATC both did not follow the protocol,” he said.
“The pilot ignored the instructions of the air traffic controllers and the ATC, on the other hand, did not inform the pilot about the engine colliding.
“The pilots were discussing corona throughout the flight. They were not focussed. They talked about corona […] their families were affected. When the control tower asked him to increase the plane’s height, the pilot said ‘I’ll manage’. There was overconfidence,” he said.
He further stated that the aircraft had touched the runway without landing gear three times, causing damage to the engines. “When the plane took off again, both its engines had been damaged,” he said.