Prelim report blames human error, pilots discussing COVID-19 reasons for Pak plane crash

An initial report into the plane crash which killed 97 people in Pakistan last month,  indicated that the cause of the crash was because of human error by the pilot and air traffic control. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on May 22 after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, killing all but two people on board.

Pakistan aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said, announcing the findings in parliament said the plane was “100 percent fit for flying, there was no technical fault”.

He said the pilots had been discussing the coronavirus pandemic as they attempted to land the Airbus A320. “The pilot as well as the controller didn’t follow the standard rules. The pilot and co-pilot were not focused and throughout the conversation was about coronavirus,” Khan said.