The pilots of a Pakistan airliner that crashed last month, killing 97 people aboard, were preoccupied and distracted by the coronavirus pandemic as they chatted about the bug — trying to land with the wheels still up on their first attempt, according to an initial official report about the disaster.
The Pakistan International Airlines jet slammed into a residential area near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22, just days after the country lifted coronavirus restrictions and resumed domestic flights ahead of a major Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Only two people survived the crash of the Airbus A320, which was carrying 91 passengers and eight crew members. A 13-year-old neighborhood girl was critically injured and later died in a hospital.
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