The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday issued a preliminary investigation report on the Bhoja Air plane crash.
According to the report, the plane was properly positioned when it begun its approach. Three minutes before the crash, the plane’s captain had informed the control tower that the plane was getting out of his control as a fuel tank had caught fire. The pilot asked for help to attempt an emergency landing, telling controllers he could see the roofs of homes but not the airport's landing strip. But the airliner descended 50 feet more before its tanks exploded, said the report. The plane was flying at the altitude of 2,000 metres when it had last contacted the control tower. Minutes prior to its planned landing at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, the plane had been descending at a speed of 500 kilometres per hour before it eventually crashed, the report revealed.