PK-661 was fit to fly at take-off, black box report reveals

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ISLAMABAD: Both engines of ill-fated PIA PK-661 —which crashed near Havelian in December last year— were fit to fly at take-off, a black box report revealed on Thursday.

The report —received by Civil Aviation Authority which is investigating the incident — said that the pilot gave the first call at 4:12 pm. However, he was relaxed at that time.

Two minutes later at 4:14 pm, the pilot gave a mayday call to the control tower. An engine had stopped working by that time.

The report said that the news of the plane crash was received after 10 to 15 minutes after the mayday call from the pilot.

The black box report stated that the plane did not try to land. However, the CAA said that it was investigating why the plane crashed despite one functioning engine.

CAA further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had visited Gwadar in same plane a week back.

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