PIA with deep regret and sorrow express its heartfelt condolences with the families of passengers who lost their lives due to the unfortunate air crash of PIA aircraft.
A PIA flight PK 8303 enroute Lahore to Karachi at the time of landing crashed at 14:39 hours on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Model Colony, a residential area near Jinnah International Airport. There were 91 passengers and 08 crew members on board aircraft. With deep regret and sorrow, 89 passengers and 08 crew members lost their lives. There are 02 surviving passengers.
PIA Emergency Response Centre was activated immediately and is working on 24/7 basis.
PIA officials reached the crash site to ascertain the damage while search and rescue efforts were initiated.
PIA Family Assistance Team at Emergency Response Center is providing information while family assistance counters at Karachi and Lahore Airports are also available to assist family members and next of kin of the passengers of the unfortunate aircraft.
Necessary travel arrangements (domestic and international) for the immediate family members of the deceased passengers have been made including accommodation.
CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik immediately took flight from Islamabad to reach the accident site on Friday.
A Press Conference was held at 8:00 PM on Friday by CEO PIA, informing about the unfortunate fatalities and rescue and relief efforts that were underway and continuing. CEO PIA informed that the aircraft A320 Registration AP-BLD was technically sound and all aircraft are checked and cleared by engineering before flight departures.
CEO PIA, requested Media not to rely on speculations made by some self-acclaimed aviation experts at this time of grief and sorrow and that inquiry will be held in due course by Independent Investigation Board constituted by the Government of Pakistan to ascertain the cause of the accident.
A joint press conference was held on Saturday by Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan and CEO PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik at PIA Head Office. Federal Minister said that an independent inquiry board (Aircraft Accident Investigation Board) has been constituted by Government of Pakistan and the initial provision inquiry report to be completed within three months and will be made public.
CEO PIA said that all data and full cooperation will be provided to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB).
The rescue efforts and retrieving of martyrs (Shuhada) bodies continued till Saturday early morning. All bodies shifted to hospitals, up till the morning of 26 May 41 bodies have been handed over to their families. While DNA analysis is being conducted for verification and handing over of Bodies.
PIA senior officials are visiting the families of the deceased passengers. PIA is providing all possible assistance to the family members and an initial payment of Rs. 1 million is being made to the families.
The belongings of the Shuhada have being collected and will also be handed over to the next of kin. CEO PIA and employees prayed for departed souls at Central Mosque, PIA Head Office, Karachi.