KARACHI: The ill-fated aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines, which crashed in Karachi on Friday, was declared fit for flights till October 25, 2020.
The Chief Engineer Quality Assurance at Jinnah International Airport conducted an assessment on 28 April 2020 and declared the aircraft was fit for operation and fully compliant with relevant rules and airworthiness notices.
A Certificate of Maintenance Review was issued stating that aircraft is fully airworthy and meets the safety and airworthiness standards and all applicable mandatory requirements.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with nationality and registration marking AP-BLD and aircraft serial cycles 25860 with 47,108 flying hours and was powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines.
The first certificate of airworthiness was issued to Airbus A320-200 on Nov 6, 2014 to Nov 5, 2015. And after every year the airworthiness certificate was issued following a complete check of the plane.
Meanwhile, aircraft manufacturer Airbus in a statement said the aircraft, registration number AP-BLD, Manufacturer Serial Number 2274, first entered service in 2004 and has been in service with PIA since 2014
“Our thoughts are with all those affected.At this stage, Airbus has no confirmed information concerning the circumstances of the accident,” said the statement.
The company said it is providing full technical assistance to Pakistani authorities in charge of the investigation and technical support is also being provided by PIA and engine manufacturer CFM.