Airbus team extends stay; cockpit voice recorder not found

Unhappy with attempt to decode digital satellite recorder, sends it to France

By: News Desk      Published: 03:27 PM, 27 May, 2020
Airbus team extends stay; cockpit voice recorder not found

The 11-member Airbus team extended their stay in Pakistan for another five days as they continued searching for cockpit voice recorder, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

The French experts along with the PIA probe team searched the plane crash site for the missing item but couldn’t succeed as wreckage was removed from the area six days after the plane crash.

They also used drones during the process and it is expected the special experts team will also transport the parts of plane wreckage and samples of instruments to France for investigation.

One part of the black box – digital satellite recorder – was found soon after the crash but the cockpit voice recorder is still missing.

Sources say an attempt was made to decode the digital satellite recorder in Pakistan but the French experts expressed their reservations over the move and sent the instrument to France in a special flight.

The investigators inspected the engine, landing gear and wings again. They also tried to determine from which direction the plane came and with which building it hit first.

Meanwhile, the plane parts were shifted to the airport by removing unnecessary wreckage from the destroyed passenger aircraft after the probe team allowed to do so.

The Airbus team decided to stay in Pakistan for five more days as civil society too came into action over the tragic plane crash in Karachi, as an application was filed with the Model Colony Police Station, declaring PIA CEO Arshad Malik and others responsible for the death of 97 people.

The application filed by Rizwan Khanzada sought filing of a case against Malik, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, PIA chief engineer and the relevant team.

The applicant says the technical team as well as ground and flight engineers should also be nominated as why “the out-of-order plane” was allowed to fly. Why the ground engineer and his subordinates allowed the plane to fly if the engine was out-of-order, he added.

Malik, Sarwar and others should be investigated over poor performance and negligence, he said, adding that those pushing the passengers into death must not be forgiven.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sindh Minister Saeed Ghani told a press conference in Karachi that the PIA and Civil Aviation Authority heads should be removed immediately.

Describing the committee formed to probe the PIA plane crash just a drama, he also called for formation of an impartial inquiry commission.

Malik is responsible for the crash, he said, adding that the probe could not be impartial as the CEO had already shared the details of investigation.

Ghani accused Malik of terrifying the people so that no one could not speak up. The responsibility is being shifted to those who are now not in this world, said the PPP leader.

The Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) members should be made part of the inquiry team, he stressed.

Similar views about the committee were earlier expressed by PPP leader Nafisa Shah as the PALPA has already questioned the composition, expressing their doubts over the possible outcome.