The pilot of flight PK 8303 is heard saying he has lost both engines.
The final moments of the conversation between one of the pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane which crashed while making an attempt to land in Karachi and the Air Traffic Controller have been recorded on a flight-tracking website.
In the audio clip posted byliveatc.net– a well-known website used by aviation watchers worldwide – the pilot of flight PK 8303 is heard saying he has lost both engines and then “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,” the international distress message.
The Air Traffic Controller was attempting to guide the airliner, with 99 passengers and crew, down to make a landing after it had aborted a previous attempt to land. The pilot says he has lost both the engines on the Airbus A320 aircraft.
The conversation goes like this:
Pilot: PK 8303 [to] Approach
ATC: Ji Sir
Pilot: We are to be turning left?
Pilot: We are proceeding direct, we have lost both the engines.
ATC: Confirm you are carrying out a belly landing?
ATC: Runway available to land on 2 5
Pilot: Sir, Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Pakistan 8303
ATC: Pakistan 8303, Roger Sir. Both runways are available to land.
That’s where the audio cuts off.
Moments later, the PIA planecrashed into a residential area of Karachion Friday, with many feared dead, officials said.
Smoke billowed at the scene where flight PK 8303 came down, some rooves were caved in, and debris lay scattered in streets as ambulances rushed through chaotic crowds of people.
“The areoplane first hit a mobile tower and crashed over houses,” witness Shakeel Ahmed told news agency Reuters near the site, just a few kilometres short of the airport.
The jet, which tracking website FlightRadar24.com identif