- In a last-minute distress call, the pilot of a crashed passenger plane in Pakistan said the aircraft had engine problems.
- “We have lost two engines. Mayday, mayday, mayday,” the pilot can be heard saying in audio published by the air traffic control monitoring site Live ATC.
- The plane, an Airbus A320, was operated by Pakistan International Airlines and had 107 people on board.
- It crashed as it was coming in to land at Jinnah International Airport, near the city of Karachi, Pakistan.
- Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik, the chief executive of the airline, said the pilot told air traffic control there were “technical difficulties.”
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A pilot on board a plane carrying 107 people that crashed in Pakistan on Friday warned of engine trouble in a final distress call.
“We have lost two engines. Mayday, mayday, mayday,” a pilot can be heard saying in audio published by Live ATC, a website which gives access to air traffic control radio transmissions.
The plane was an Airbus A320 operated by the state-run Pakistan International Airlines and coming in to land at Jinnah International Airport, near Karachi, Pakistan, from Lahore, Pakistan.
Sky News published the last seconds of the feed before it went dark:
'Mayday, mayday…'- Pakistan plane's last message from the pilot.
In the mayday call, the pilot can be heard saying that the plane has lost its engines.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 22, 2020
The plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 2:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. ET.)
Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik, the chief executive of the airline, told BBC that the pilot had reported “technical difficulties.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted he was “shocked and saddened by the PIA crash” and promised an “immediate inquiry.”
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