Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday said the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was in a ‘very good condition,’ and flown by an experienced pilot.
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.”
Aviation Secretary Hassan Nasir Jamy briefed the minister on the details of the tragic incident received to date. He also informed the meeting that the Aviation Accident Investigation Board had been responsible for investigating the aircraft accident.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of those who died in the plane crash and stressed the need for holding an immediate inquiry, following which an investigation team headed by Air Commodore Usman Ghani, President of Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, was constituted with the approval of the Federal Government.
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The minister ordered the investigation team to submit its preliminary findings within one month. He also directed that five family members of each passenger of the ill-fated plane be provided air tickets to reach Karachi.
The PIA CEO informed the meeting that the Airport Hotel would be available for the stay of the family members of the passengers of the ill-fated aircraft.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan underlined the need for giving ‘insurance compensation’ to the heirs of the plane crash victims on the ‘most immediate basis’.
The minister was scheduled to travel to Karachi on Saturday for a detailed meeting with the Civil Aviation Authorities and PIA management, in addition to meeting with the families of the passengers. He would also visit the crash site and meet the residents of the houses damaged in the incident.
Later, Ghulam Sarwar Khan would hold a press conference. The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Aviation Division, besides senior management of PIA and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority via video link from Karachi.
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