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Last updated: 30 May 2020
Datum:Freitag 22 Mai 2020
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Fluggesellschaft:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Kennzeichen: AP-BLD
Werknummer: 2274
Baujahr: 2004-08-17 (15 years 9 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:25860
Triebwerk: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 89 / Insassen: 91
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 97 / Insassen: 99
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1,4 km (0.9 Meilen) E of Karachi-Jinnah International Airport (KHI) (   Pakistan)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Lahore-Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE/OPLA), Pakistan
Flug nach:Karachi-Jinnah International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303, an Airbus A320, crashed on approach to Karachi-Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Pakistan. The airline stated there were 91 passengers on board and 8 crew members. Officials involved in the rescue operation reported that 97 bodies have been recovered and that two passengers have survived the accident.
The flight departed Lahore at 13:05 hours local time (08:05 UTC) and was expected to arrive at Karachi about 14:45 (09:45 UTC). About 14:32 the flight reported to the air traffic controller of Karachi Tower that they were descending from 3500 to 3000 feet and established on the ILS for runway 25L. The controller replied: "copy that, turn left heading 180". Because that would take them away from the ILS approach the flight replied, "Sir, we are established on ILS 25L". The Tower controller then stated they were 5 miles from touch down and subsequently cleared the flight to land.
According to the ILS approach chart for Karachi Airport, an aircraft a distance of 5 DME should be at an altitude of about 1680 ft. Transponder altitude data captured by Flightradar24 suggests that the aircraft was descending between 4050 and 3725 feet at the time the controller reported that the flight was 5 miles out.
The aircraft continued the approach. What exactly transpired is unclear at this time, but ARY News quoted from a CAA Pakistan report that stated scrape marks from the no.1 engine started on the runway at 4500 feet (1370 m) from the threshold followed by no.2 engine scrape marks at 5500 feet (1675 m).
At 14:35 the flight crew radioed that they were going around and requested another ILS approach to runway 25L. The controller instructed the flight to turn left heading 110 and climb to 3000 feet. Four minutes later the flight reported they had "lost engines" and subsequently declared a Mayday. The controller cleared the flight to land with both runways (25L and 25R) available.
The aircraft crashed in a residential area named Model Colony, about 1360 m short of the threshold of runway 25L. The aircraft broke up and a large post-impact fire erupted. A total of 12 houses and multiple cars suffered major damages due to the crash.

» PIA Press Release
» ARY News

METAR Weather report:
08:25 UTC / 13:25 local time:
OPKC 220825Z 24012KT 7000 NSC 36/24 Q1005 NOSIG

09:25 UTC / 14:25 local time:
OPKC 220925Z 24011KT 7000 NSC 35/24 Q1004 NOSIG

09:55 UTC / 14:44 local time:
OPKC 220955Z 24011KT 7000 NSC 35/24 Q1004 NOSIG


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Altitude graph of PK8303
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Accident site relative to runway
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accident date: 22-05-2020
type: Airbus A320-214
registration: AP-BLD

Video, social media

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
17 August 2004 F-WWIJ Airbus first flight
16 September 2004 B-6017 China Eastern Airlines delivered
30 October 2014 AP-BLD PIA delivered
4 September 2018 AP-BLD PIA suffered bird hit during landing at Faisalabad Airport

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lahore-Allama Iqbal International Airport to Karachi-Jinnah International Airport as the crow flies is 1015 km (634 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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