The pilot of the unfortunate PIA aircraft PK-8303, Captain Sajjad Gul, has been declared dead after the aircraft crash-landed earlier on Friday.
PIA flight PK8303 had 99 passengers and eight crew members on board. The crew members dispatched to flight included Captain Sajja Gul, Usman Azam, Fareed Ahmed, Abdul Qayum Ashraf. Malik Irfan Rafiq, Amina Irfan, Aasma Shahzadi, Sanam Masood, who all belonged to Lahore.
The plane had taken off from Lahore airport a little after 1 pm, which lost contact with air traffic control just after 2.30 pm, as per PIA spokes person. So far 76 people are reported death.
Later plane crashed in a residential street in Model Colony in Karachi. The crash caused significant damage in the residential area and reportedly destroyed four houses.
Sajjad Gul, described by Pakistan Airline Pilots Association as one of its most experienced members, had made one aborted landing attempt before reporting the technical problem that he faced, according to local media reports.
Captain Sajjad Gul, told air traffic controllers moments before crashing into a residential area that he had lost an engine, according
“The pilot had informed ATC that he was prepared to land but something went wrong during the second attempt. The manufacturers of Boeing and Airbus aircraft monitor the activities of the planes. The manufacturer would also raise alert if safety is being compromised.”
“We have lost an engine…. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,” the PIA pilot is heard calmly telling the traffic controllers who told him to land on any of the two runways that had been left open for him.
Sajjad Gul was married and a father to four children and was a resident of Defence Housing Society (DHA) Lahore. The family and loved ones of the deceased pilot struck by tragedy are in a state of shock and disbelief at what transpired whereas people have started pouring in at their residence to offer condolences.