Pakistan plane crash black box found after 97 killed

Posted Saturday, 23 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Rescue crews have retrieved the data recorder from the Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed on Friday, killing at least 97 passengers and crew members.The recorder, or "black box," was found at the crash site in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Saturday, according to PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan.Two passengers survived but 97 bodies have been recovered from the scene, Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said earlier on Saturday. The jet went down in a residential area, but the plane did not hit any buildings and no one on the ground appears to have been killed, PIA CEO Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik added.Iftikhar said army troops, rangers and social welfare organizations have been assisting in the search.He added: "97 bodies recovered. 2 passengers survived. 25 affected houses cleared, their residents accommodated at various places with the assistance of Civil Administration."The plane took off from Lahore and was due to land at 2:30 p.m. local time in Karachi but went missing from the radar, PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan told CNN. The pilot on board told air traffic control in Karachi that he had lost engines, before the plane crashed on Friday."We are proceeding direct, we have lost engines," the pilot can be heard saying about the plane's approach, in an audio recording of aircraft communications obtained by CNN from a Pakistani government source.On the recording, air traffic control asks the pilot to confirm that the plane will have a belly landing, a situation where an aircraft lands without deploying its landing gear.The pilot's response is inaudible. It is unclear why air traffic control was discussing such a landing.A few seconds later the pilot can be heard giving several mayday calls, followed by a response from air traffic control saying both runways are clear to land. The audio then cuts off.Khan confirmed the authenticity of the recording."[The pilot] had been told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred to use the go-around landing route, we are looking into the technical issue. Our prayers for the lives that have been lost," Khan said earlier on Friday.Sophia Saifi reported from Islamabad, and Rob Picheta wrote from London. Adeel Raja, Laura Smith-Spark and Sandi Sidhu contributed reporting.

Other articles published by CNN

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she censors herself when speaking publicly about President Donald Trump in order to ensure continued federal assistance to her state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Asked specifically by Axios reporter Alexi...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She is a senior adviser at the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, which is not affiliated with the Biden campaign. Vinograd served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council from...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)The 20-year-old man accused of beating a 75-year-old in a Detroit nursing home pleaded not guilty to assault Sunday, said Maria Miller, Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney.Jaden T. Hayden of Ypsilanti was charged with two counts of assault...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Tom Brady welcomed Eli Manning to the Twitterverse this weekend by engaging him in a classic social media roast.Manning, a former New York Giants quarterback, got burned by Brady, a fellow star quarterback, after posting his first tweet on...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)On Friday morning, Joe Biden said something dumb -- and offensive."Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden told Charlemagne tha God in a radio interview for "The Breakfast ...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)On this somber Memorial Day weekend, ...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the state will take steps toward reopening this week even as the battle against the coronavirus continues.Though daily deaths in the state went above 100 again on Saturday, the overall numbers in the...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

We are publishing personal essays from CNN's global staff as they live and cover the story of Covid-19. Chris Cillizza is a CNN Politics reporter and Editor-at-Large in Washington, DC. (CNN)When our country  -- and the world  --  started to shut...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday said wearing a mask "is not about politics," as the country reopens and the number of coronavirus deaths nears 100,000 in the US."This is not about politics, this is not about whether you're...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Former Florida US Rep. Allen West is in the hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, according to a series of posts on his verified social media accounts. West is in stable condition, a post on his Facebook page said...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)The Class of 2020 is graduating at a strange time, with ceremonies canceled across the country and many going virtual.But at one Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas, store employees got creative to celebrate their school graduates.In an outdoor...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Several sex workers interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of legal repercussion and social stigma. (CNN)Don't kiss. Tell clients to wash their hands before they touch you. Wear a mask. Avoid face-to-face...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)There's a new reality show from the Kardashian/Jenner family, but it has a twist. The series, titled "Kirby Jenner," premieres Monday on Quibi. The show centers around a 24-year-old performance artist who has risen to fame over the past five years...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

New York (CNN)With travelers staying close to home and airports turned into virtual ghost towns, rental car companies have taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday Hertz, which also operates the Dollar and Thrifty agencies, declared...