KARACHI: The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the ill-fated PK-8303 flight, which crashed in Karachi last week, killing 97 of 99 onboard, has been recovered from the debris, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced on Thursday.
In a tweet, the national flag-carrier said that PIA teams, aided by Airbus experts, had been searching extensively for the recorder, which will now be handed over to PIA’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
“This will be a key component in the Air Crash Investigation,” the tweet read, adding: “PIA teams were searching extensively for CVR aided by [the] Airbus team.”
PK 8303 AP BLD Cockpit Voice Recorder has been found from the debris and handed over to AAIB team. This will be a key component in the Air Crash Investigation. PIA Teams were searching extensively for CVR aided by Airbus Team. pic.twitter.com/fIxdz4QM8u
— PIA (@Official_PIA) May 28, 2020
Last week, the Airbus A-320 jet that had flown from Lahore, crashed into Model Colony, a residential neighbourhood near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, after both its engines apparently failed. Only two people survived the devastating crash out of the 99 passengers and crew members on board.
The DNA tests of those killed are underway to identify the victims.
The plane made failed attempts to land at the Karachi airport before the crash. Authorities had recovered the flight data recorder (FDR) of the ill-fated aircraft on the day of the crash, but could not find the CVR.
Both FDR and CVR are the two key components of the black box of an aircraft. In the present case, the CVR is of more importance because it records all sounds, including pilots’ conversations, in the cockpit.
PIA and AAIB teams along with an 11-member team of Airbus experts and engineers have been scouring the site of the crash for the past three days in order to collect evidence which would help determine the cause of the crash.