PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate on April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted. It said "the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the airplane was on a routine operational training mission. Major Umer, an instructor pilot, and Lieutenant Faizan, a student pilot, were martyred during the crash, the ISPR said. “Major Umer survived by wife,” ISPR said.
The incident in Quebec was captured on film by witness Mathieu Leclerc and shows the aeroplane coming down lower and lower over the roadway, until eventually it becomes clear this is not just a low pass or an accident, but a well-controlled landing.
As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, airlines are turning to super-strength disinfectants to sanitise planes before flights.
Revenues fell 15.2 per cent to 10.6 billion euros, reflecting a "market environment strongly impacted" by the pandemic, "particularly in commercial aircraft", Airbus said in a statement.
Sales of tickets in a symbolic raffle for the plane have also resumed after a monthslong pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a quarter of the 6 million $25 tickets have been sold.
Search teams have found wreckage of the An-26 passenger plane with 28 people aboard that disappeared earlier on Tuesday in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka peninsula.
Federal investigators were being sent to the site at Coulter Field Airport, about 85 miles (137 kilometres) northwest of Houston, to begin investigating the cause of the crash, Waggener said.
Relations between the US and China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid disputes over a myriad of issues including trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.