Replace file directly in `file:///android_asset/www/assets/i18n`

I am trying to update translation file directly by downloading and storing it in application directory.
Below is my code,

private downloadLanguageFile(url: string, lang: string) {
        const appDir = this.file.applicationDirectory;
        let promise = this.http.get(url, {responseType: 'blob'}).toPromise();
        promise.then((downloadedFile: any) => {
            this.file.writeFile(appDir, `${lang}.json`, downloadedFile, {replace: true})
                .then((data) => {
                    console.log(data);
                }, (error) => {
                    console.log("error writing file", error);
                })
        }, (error) => {
            console.log("Download language file failed", error);
        });

        return promise;
    }

but instead of saving file in that directotry it is throwing this error:

FileError {code: 1, message: "NOT_FOUND_ERR"}
code: 1
message: "NOT_FOUND_ERR"
__proto__: Object

Code works perfectly when I change the file directory to dataDirectory.
Any suggestions on what am I doing wrong?