ISLAMABAD: Airbus, the airplane manufacturing company, on Saturday said that important information about Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash has been extracted from the data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
Chief Product Safety Officer of Airbus, Yannick Malinge wrote a letter to all the airlines operating its A320 model in flights. In the letter, the company’s safety officer said that investigation is underway regarding the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crash.
The company said that the doomed flight’s data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been heard and analysed. Pakistan Aircraft Accident Investigation Board representatives are also involved in the inquiry, said the letter.
Airbus said that it is completely cooperating with the investigation team. “Currently at this stage, we do not have any special protective recommendations for the airlines,” the letter stated.
On Friday, France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said that “technical work” to download and decode the flight data recorder information as well as the cockpit voice recorder data from the Airbus jet that had crashed in Pakistan is complete.
It said the work was carried out at the request of Pakistan’s Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board (AAIB) and now analysis of the data will commence.
According to the statement by BEA, the Pakistan investigation board “will publish at a later date a preliminary statement on the event based on downloaded data”.
Ninety-nine people were aboard the ill-fated PK-8303 PIA flight when the plane crashed on May 22 in a residential area near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, a few moments before landing. Except for two survivors, all others perished.