Sunday May 24 2020

Airbus to provide full technical cooperation to PIA, Air France, and CFM International: letter

The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files

ISLAMABAD: Airbus SE will provide full technical cooperation to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air France, and engine manufacturer CFM International following flight PK-8303's tragic crash two days ago, the aerospace corporation said in a letter issued Sunday to all airlines operating the A320 narrow-body jets.

The aerospace corporation expressed regret over the horrific crash of PIA flight PK-8303, which had plunged into Karachi's Model Colony Friday afternoon, almost a minute before a second attempt at an emergency landing.

The company also conveyed its condolences to and solidarity with the families of those killed in the accident.

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The initial report suggested that 91 passengers and eight crew were aboard the plane, Airbus noted, adding that the management had no definitive information about the crash so far.

It said the aircraft's registration and manufacturer serial numbers were APBLD and 2274, respectively. The plane was handed over to the PIA in 2014 and had completed 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flight cycles until its crash, it added.

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According to Airbus, the doomed aircraft's engine was CFM 5B4P.

The company's management vowed to provide full technical cooperation to the PIA, Air France, and CFM International in the investigation. It would release any further information, it noted.