PK-661 crash probe: Six-member France, US-based ATR investigation team visits site

PK-661 plane crash

A nine-member investigation team Tuesday (today) visited the crash site of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 in Havelian.

The team comprises of three French officials and three Canadian officials belonging to France-based aircraft manufacturer ATR and US-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

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The team will work jointly with three members of Pakistan’s Safety Investigation Board (SIB) to ascertain the cause of the December 7 crash.

The black box and voice recorder of the aircraft will also be sent to France to begin the probe. The French embassy has issued directives to facilitate travel and other arrangements of the experts in connection with the investigation

The team is currently interviewing eyewitnesses of the crash and rescue teams that arrived on the site immediately after the incident.

PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral last week, killing all on board.

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