Pakistan’s investigation on PIA plane’s black box to start on June 2

Pakistan’s government has created a team of investigators to collect and inspect the evidence of the May 22 plane crash of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, said by the spokesperson of the aviation division. 

The 16 years old flight A320, flew from Lahore to Karachi. The ill-fated flight was near Karachi airport when suddenly it had an accident and crashed near the residential area of Karachi airport. More than 100 passengers were travelling in it, as per the reports. Till now 97 deaths had been confirmed by the provincial health department.

“66 deaths had been confirmed and two survivors.” Furthermore, “41 bodies have been admitted in Jinnah postgraduate medical centre”, said by Meeran Yusuf, the spokesperson of the provincial health department. Yet, there isn’t any confirmation that the bodies brought to the hospitals were all passengers or the residents of the buildings, the plane had crashed into.

An expert team of 11 members of airbus arrived in Karachi on May 26 to provide service for technical assistance for examining the crash of the flight A320.

The work was continued by the Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board (AAIB) on Saturday along with their coordinators. Furthermore, France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) tweeted that,” the mission on site is about to be completed.”

The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), which are the two components of the plane’s black box, will be taken by the team to France where they will decode it to figure out what were the reasons behind the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crash.

According to an official, a member of the AAIB, along with other members of the French team, is going to France for further inquiry.

The BEA in a tweet said that “technical work on CVR and FDR of the aircraft would begin on June 2.” 

In reply to a twitter user who asked how long does the repair and download process of FDR and CVR generally takes, the BEA said “minimum several days.” 

Until Saturday night, 74 bodies had been identified; however, the remaining 23 bodies are yet to be identified through DNA testing. According to a PIA spokesperson,”63 bodies have been handed over to their families.”

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan also tweeted on this sad news, ” Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on the ground as this is the priority right now. The immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”

According to Sindh governments spokesperson and chief ministers law adviser, Murtaza Wahab 7 bodies have been diagnosed by a laboratory in Punjab while a Karachi university lab has diagnosed 22 bodies through DNA testing.

Furthermore, according to KU’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences “So far, a total of 34 DNA cross-match analyses have been completed at the Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL) and their reports have been dispatched to the Sindh police department. The whole process would be completed by tomorrow night.”

Moreover, Rs 1 million is being presented to the families of the victims, by the airlines, so that they can make arrangements for the burial of their loved ones.

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