Cockpit recorder from PIA A320 crash yet to be found: inquiry team
Investigators have disclosed that the cockpit-voice recorder from the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 which crashed in Karachi has yet to be located.
While the flight-data recorder has been retrieved, and remains in the country, French investigation authority BEA says the cockpit recorder “has not been found to date”.
The disclosure contradicts previous reports from local media that both devices had been recovered.
BEA and Airbus are supporting the Pakistani-led inquiry into the 22 May accident. A French team arrived in Karachi on 26 May on board a specially-chartered Airbus A330-800 flight from Toulouse.
The accident involving flight PK8303 from Lahore occurred as the aircraft was conducting its approach to Karachi.
Preliminary evidence strongly indicates the aircraft touched down with its landing-gear either retracted or only partially deployed, resulting in damage to the engines from runway contact, and a loss of power during the subsequent attempted go-around.
Pakistani investigators have yet to release any formal details of initial findings on the accident.