The plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people was a result of human error by the pilot and air traffic control, media reports said quoting an initial probe report into the incident. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed into a residential area close to Karachi airport on May 22 after a failed attempt to land.
“The pilot as well as the controller didn’t follow the standard rules,” the country’s aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan was quoted by the media. Khan revealed the findings to the Parliament on Wednesday. He said the pilots had been discussing the COVID-19 pandemic as they attempted to land the flight.
“The pilot and co-pilot were not focused and their conversation was about COVID-19,” Khan said. The probe into the crash also had officials from the French government and the aviation industry. The probe team had analysed data and voice recorders and the minister said the plane was 100% fit for flying, there was no technical fault.