PIAs A320 with flight No. PK 8303 LHR to KHI crashes near KHI

 
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Unfortunately a PIA airliner has crashed ronight near the capital. The plane is an A320 Airbus

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The aircraft was cleared to land on runway 25L. At 14:35 the flight crew radioed that they were going around and requested another ILS approach to runway 25L. The controller instructed the flight to turn left heading 110 and climb to 3000 feet. Four minutes later the flight reported they had "lost engine(s)" and subsequently declared a Mayday. The controller cleared the flight to land with both runways (25L and 25R) available.
The aircraft crashed in a residential area named Model Colony, about 1360 m short of the threshold of runway 25L.


One observer stated that the aircraft circled for about 3 laps before the crash.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
There's photos doing the rounds that suggest a dual pod-strike on the first landing attempt, with the RAT deployed during the subsequent approach. Only way I know of to get a pod strike on both engines is to have the gear up, an impressive feat on the A320 with its' numerous computerised warnings about it.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
That would seem to tally with a Nine News report which has ATC saying, "please confirm your attempt on belly." It leads me to wonder whether the gear failed before or during the first landing attempt.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Some extra information - from Aviation Safety Network:-

The flight departed Lahore at 13:05 hours local time (08:05 UTC) and was expected to arrive at Karachi about 14:45 (09:45 UTC). About 14:32 the flight reported to the air traffic controller of Karachi Tower that they were descending from 3500 to 3000 feet and established on the ILS for runway 25L. The controller replied: "copy that, turn left heading 180". Because that would take them away from the ILS approach the flight replied, "Sir, we are established on ILS 25L". The Tower controller then stated they were 5 miles from touch down and subsequently cleared the flight to land.
According to the ILS approach chart for Karachi Airport, an aircraft a distance of 5 DME should be at an altitude of about 1680 ft. Transponder altitude data captured by Flightradar24 suggests that the aircraft was descending between 4050 and 3725 feet at the time the controller reported that the flight was 5 miles out.
The aircraft continued the approach. What exactly transpired is unclear at this time, but ARY News quoted from a CAA Pakistan report that stated scrape marks from the no.1 engine started on the runway at 4500 feet (1370 m) from the threshold followed by no.2 engine scrape marks at 5500 feet (1675 m).
At 14:35 the flight crew radioed that they were going around and requested another ILS approach to runway 25L. The controller instructed the flight to turn left heading 110 and climb to 3000 feet. Four minutes later the flight reported they had "lost engines" and subsequently declared a Mayday. The controller cleared the flight to land with both runways (25L and 25R) available.
The aircraft crashed in a residential area named Model Colony, about 1360 m short of the threshold of runway 25L. The aircraft broke up and a large post-impact fire erupted.


Like KRviator, I'd be very interested to know how both pods scraped.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Ummm, that's a dangerous descent rate (talking 6000 fpm to capture ILS at one point).  Probably came in way too hot on initial landing attempt.  One thing that can happen on go-arounds is that the pilot may have raised the gear before the engines have spooled up properly and the aircraft has gained altitude off the deck.

An interesting video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFhGnCOtcc8

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