The flight from Lahore crashed in a dense residential area
adjacent to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22, killing all but two of the 99 people on board. Investigators have recovered the flight data recorder
but the cause of the crash is yet to be determined.
The crash was a horrific tragedy at a time when the country is battling the mounting toll of the pandemic. But as with most things in Pakistan, it is also political.
Pakistan’s national carrier has been ailing for over a decade and now has liabilities
of more than PKR 400 billion ($2.48 billion).
The institution has long suffered from allegations of corruption and cronyism. As the global lockdown in response to coronavirus took effect in March, Bloomberg identified PIA as the airline most likely to go bankrupt
within two years.