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PIA pilot ignored Air Traffic Control, says Pak aviation authority on May 22 crash

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The pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane that crashed into a residential area of Karachi in May had ignored air traffic control’s instructions for landing, a PIA spokesman was quoted by news agencies.

The PIA Airbus A320 crashed on May 22 while trying to land after the pilots reported the loss of both engines. 97 of the 99 people on board died in the incident. One person on the ground died after the flight crashed into a residential area. Initial reports had said that the flight had scraped its engine along the runway in its first attempt to land.

A news agency quoted a letter sent to PIA by the Civil Aviation Authority stating that a controller had twice told the pilot to discontinue its approach as he came into land but he did not comply. The letter quoted the controller as saying that as it neared landing, the plane’s ground speed was above the runway threshold. It lifted up from the runway surface and crashed over Model Colony while attempting a second approach, the letter said.

Abdullah Hafeez Khan, PIA’s general manager for corporate communications when contacted by a news agency asserted that they had received the letter but declined to comment on the contents of it.