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Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 07:41 AM
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Did a quick search and couldn't see this mentioned in any other section yet?

Seems a Pakistani Airways A320 has gone down in a residential area of Karachi? Local Mayor is claiming all onboard are dead. And Sky News are showing a clip claimed to be from the pilots saying they have lost engines twitter.com...

There were claims earlier that the aircraft had tried and failed to land several times. But other claims that the aircraft had circled several times so details are still murky at the moment? Some Images here on the Suns website. www.thesun.co.uk...




posted on May, 22 2020 @ 07:42 AM
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a reply to: solidshot

May God rest there soul's, there will many grieving family's today.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 07:50 AM
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Peace be with those that perished and their families. Very sad. I just heard about this from a colleague and haven't had a chance to read up on it.

I've been to the Karachi airport and it's nothing exceptional in terms of approach.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 07:54 AM
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Claims now that two may have survived the crash.

apnews.com...



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 08:05 AM
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originally posted by: solidshot
Claims now that two may have survived the crash.

apnews.com...

The article says they just resumed flights earlier this week. I wonder if losing an engine has to do with parking an aircraft for a long period of time. Let's hope this isn't a trend as airlines start back up.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 08:06 AM
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Registration was AP-BLD (MSN 2274). Delivered new to China Eastern Airlines in September 2004, and to PIA in October 2014. They had made one landing attempt, and were attempting a go around on their second.

ETA- The pilots reported nose gear problems on the first landing attempt.
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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 08:21 AM
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a reply to: solidshot

Some video here,





Looks like a Karachi suburb.
edit on 22-5-2020 by smurfy because: Video.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 09:07 AM
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RIP. Apparently they've tried to go for a belly landing but lost both engines on approach. A witness on the ground stated that the plane went silent seconds before the crash.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 09:14 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Talk about a bad day. Bum nose gear and engine problems at the same time. My sympathy to the family and friends of all involved, including those working the crash site.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 09:26 AM
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Tweet here claiming they had tried a belly landing and that the rat had been deployed in the image? twitter.com...



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 09:44 AM
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Geezus!

Sounding like they actually attempted a gear-up landing, touched down, and then aborted the landing and attempted a climb out to go around!

If so, that's pretty close to as insane as you can get!
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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 01:28 PM
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Here's a pic after the gearless belly landing attempt. You can see the damage to both engines.



CCTV footage of crash.
m.youtube.com...



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:03 PM
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Reports indicating they may have made more than one previous attempt at landing. Eyewitness's reporting fire / smoke from one engine.

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Video of the crash looks like a stall, rapid descent with a slight wing drop before disappearing behind building.

RAT deployed (no power). Definitely appears to be damage/charring to both engine nacelles in photo.

Unbelievable!



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:19 PM
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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:28 PM
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According to a social media conversation, the person claiming to be the one that took the picture of them with the RAT deployed, they suffered a double bird strike.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:34 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Wait? So the engines didn't come off or quit working after scraping the asphalt?


Edit: updated the pic I linked. But the bird is much closer to the camera.



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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:44 PM
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What are the odds of losing both engines due to fire?
Does it point to a maintenance issue or an issue with the fuel?
OH, I see now that the scorching of the engines may have been due to landing attempt with gear up.
Ok, possiible double bird strike... maybe the engines were scorched because of that.

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posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:50 PM
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US Airways Flight 1549 lost both due to geese.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:53 PM
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The word going around is that only the nose gear had a problem on their first attempt. If they were deliberately attempting a gear up landing, and got to the point the engines were on the runway, I don't see them going around. If the mains collapsed as they landed, they probably would have pancaked onto the runway and couldn't go around.

It's not impossible, but I'd say it's more likely that was from a bird strike than runway impact.



posted on May, 22 2020 @ 02:58 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bigburgh

The word going around is that only the nose gear had a problem on their first attempt. If they were deliberately attempting a gear up landing, and got to the point the engines were on the runway, I don't see them going around. If the mains collapsed as they landed, they probably would have pancaked onto the runway and couldn't go around.

It's not impossible, but I'd say it's more likely that was from a bird strike than runway impact.


Could they have had a bird strike on one engine and Fodded out the other on the missed belly landing?



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