The recorders – commonly known as the “Black Box” – recovered the plane, PIA 8303, in a densely populated residential area adjacent to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22, killing both passengers and 99 passengers.
The French Air Safety Investigation Authority for Civil Aviation, BEA, is the recognized representative of the Airbus 320 aircraft involved in the crash.
A French delegation arrived in Karachi on May 26, according to the BAEA. The French authorities said on Thursday that they had received a request from Pakistan the following day to repair the recorders and download the data.
“The site’s mission is coming to an end,” Saturday’s tweet read, “Pakistan’s AAIB team will then fly to France.”
On Friday, Pakistan’s aviation minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said a preliminary report on the crash would be released on June 22.
Khan said the ministry had briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had directed that all reports be made public.
The pilot told air traffic control in Karachi that he lost the engine before the plane crashed.
“We’re going straight ahead, we lost the engines,” the pilot was heard talking about the aircraft’s communications, in an audio recording of the aircraft communications obtained by CNN from an official source in Pakistan.
A few seconds later the pilot was heard making several maiden calls, then air traffic control responded that both runways were clear for landing. Then the audio is turned off.
The flight from Lahore was a special service to help passengers return home on vacation to Lahore after the Carnavirus lockdown was eased.