The footage – commonly known as a “black box” – was discovered after a flight, PIA 8303, crashed in a congested residential area adjacent to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22, killing all but two of the 99 people on board.
The French air safety investigation authority for civil aviation, BEA, is an accredited representative for the Airbus 320 aircraft involved in the accident.
A French team arrived in Karachi on May 26, according to BEA. French authorities said Thursday they had received a request from Pakistan to handle the repair operation and download data for the recorder in the future.
“The mission on the site will be completed soon,” the tweet wrote Saturday, adding that “Pakistan’s AAIB team will then fly to France.”
On Friday, Pakistan’s Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said the initial report on the accident would be published on June 22.
Khan said the Ministry had briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had ordered all reports to be published.
The pilot on the plane told air traffic controllers in Karachi that he had lost the engine before the plane crashed.
“We moved directly, we lost the engine,” the pilot said about the aircraft’s approach, in an audio recording of aircraft communications obtained by CNN from Pakistani government sources.
Seconds later the pilot can be heard giving some mayday calls, followed by a response from the air traffic control that says both runways clearly landed. The audio is then disconnected.
Flight from Lahore is a special service to help passengers go home for the Eid holiday after reducing coronavirus locking.