Pakistani authorities say they have found the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the site of a plane crash which killed at least 97 passengers and crew members in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 was flying from Lahore to Karachi when it went down around 09:45 GMT on Friday. The Airbus A320 which had 99 people aboard, crashed into a crowded residential district of the southern city after twice trying to land at the airport 

“The black box had been found late yesterday, we are handing it over to the inquiry board,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said on Saturday, clarifying that both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were located.

Health ministry spokeswoman Meeran Yousuf told Al Jazeera by telephone that 66 bodies were kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi’s largest government hospital, and 31 at Civil Hospital Karachi, another leading state-run hospital. Two male passengers survived the crash.

Seconds before the crash, the pilot told air traffic controllers he had lost power from both engines, according to a recording posted on, a respected aviation monitoring website.

“Our plane [an Airbus] A320 which was coming from Lahore to Karachi was on final approach,” said PIA Chief Arshad Malik in a video message released after the crash.


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