KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has revealed that pilot of the ill-fated plane, which crashed in Karachi on May 22, violated the code of conducts.
Inquiry is still underway to find cause of the PIA’s plane, A-320, crash incident in Model Colony, which left 97 people dead including 26 women, 68 men and three children.
A report of the CAA blamed that the pilot of PIA-8303 did not comply with the instructions of the air traffic controller.
The duty approach controller said the pilot was cleared to altitude 3000 feet while entering control zone (25 nautical miles), but observed high on approach near Makli, he was again cautioned by offering an orbit to adjust his high altitude for approach which he did not accept by saying comfortable with landing.
“When aircraft was at seven nautical miles from final touchdown, it was relatively high as per the standard approach profile. I instructed the pilot twice to discontinue approach and turn left heading 180 degrees, which he did not comply and continued to proceed with his own discretion,” he said adding that he one last time warned the plane at five nautical miles from touchdown at 3500 feet height.
Later, PIA8303 lifted up from surface of the runway and crashed over Model Colony while attempting second approach for runway, the report said.