ISLAMABAD: A four-member team from France-based ATR reached Islamabad to join investigation into the PIA plane PK-661 crash that killed all 47 people on-broad.
The team, which comprises two members each from the ATR company and the engine manufacturer, will help probe the PK-661’s Havelian crash of Dec 7.
The team will visit the site of the crash in Havelian today and will meet the Safety and Investigation Board of Civil Aviation Authority, which is investigating the crash.
The plane’s black box and audio recorder have already been recovered that will be sent to France within a day or two.
The data retrieved from the black box and recording device in France will be handed to Pakistan’s Safety and Investigation Board (SIB). Sources said data analysis will take another two to three weeks, adding that data decoded from the black box and the voice recorder will determine the direction of the investigation.
The PIA flight carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday. Popular singer-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed also perished in the crash along with his wife.
It is to be mentioned here that the national flag carrier on Monday grounded all ATR planes in its fleet after yesterday’s incident at Multan Airport where the pilot had to abort takeoff due to some spark in the engine of the plane.