Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan while speaking to the media in Karachi announced compensation said families of those who were killed would receive Rs1 million each while the two injured would be given Rs500,000 each.
The minister also announced that the government would offer compensation to the residents of the area whose houses and cars have been affected. “A lot of damage has been done. We have directed that an initial survey be carried out and the government will pay for the damages after the assessment has been done.”
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While expressing his sorrow at the tragic incident, the minister declared that the government’s first priority was to return the bodies of the victims to their families after their identification.
He paid tribute to “the spirit of the people of Karachi”, which, he said, strongly participated in the rescue work. He also paid tribute to the pilot, claiming that video footage showed that he had “done his best to reach the runway but when he saw that it was impossible, he diverted the craft towards an area where there would have minimal damage. ”
Khan said the Airbus company would conduct a counter-inquiry into the cause of the crash. He assured the people that the government’s inquiry would be “fair.”
“Four experienced members of the Pakistan Air Force are part of the committee. They will make full efforts to present the facts.”
The minister said the government would take “100%” responsibility for any negligence that led to the crash. “Whoever is responsible, they will be made to resign.”
Responding to a question, he said “If the report says that the PIA CEO was negligent, he will resign. If he indicates that we were negligent, not only will we resign, but we will also step forward for accountability.”
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Earlier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane flying from Lahore to Karachi with 99 people on board, crashed near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in the densely populated area of Model Colony on Friday.
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PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik during a detailed briefing given to the minister said “The aircraft involved in the crash was 16 years old and was in very good condition. Captain Sajjad Gull was a senior most A320 pilot with extensive flight experience.”
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According to the Aviation Division press release, Arshad Malik said the plane was inducted in the PIA fleet on dry lease six years ago and had undergone its major A-check in March 2020. “The aircraft carried out eight flights since 21st March 2020 when the domestic and international flights were suspended in view of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.”
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