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PIA plane slipped of during landing

GILGIT: A plane of PIA has slipped off from the runway during the landing on Gilgit airport.

The airplane was flying to Gilgit from Islamabad, carrying 54 people including crew members, no one was injured during this incident.

PK 605, an ATR aircraft tried to land on the Gilgit airport when it skids off from the runway but due to a great effort by the pilot plane was stoped.

 

 

Defies common sense that pilots will fly aircraft with defects: PIA

Defies common sense that pilots will fly aircraft with defects: PIA

Pakistan International Airlines on Friday slammed media reports suggesting the ATR-42 aircraft which crashed in Abbottabad was faulty and not airworthy.

“Media reports suggesting that there was some known defect in the aircraft before its last flight are also totally baseless. It defies common sense that pilots and engineers would fly an aircraft that does not meet safety standards, and risk their own lives,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said.

As questions arise regarding the airworthiness of ATR-42, the airline’s spokesperson said, “ATR is perfectly safe for flying and is useful and economical on short haul flights in both hot and cold weather conditions.”

Several of these aircraft are being operated by airlines in India and Europe, he added.

Engine trouble is initially believed responsible for Wednesday’s deadly plane crash, but many questions remain, including about the airworthiness of the ATR-42 aircraft, stirring new worries about the safety record of the ailing national carrier Pakistan International Airlines.

The plane was en route to Islamabad from Chitral when one of its two turboprop engines failed shortly after take-off, causing it to crash into the mountains of Batolni village of Havelian — 32 nautical miles from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, killing all on board.

PIA crash victims to be identified by DNA

PIA crash victims to be identified by DNA

SADDHA BATOLNI: 

DNA testing will be used to identify the 48 charred bodies of the victims of of the Abbottabad plane crash, authorities said Thursday, as the country mourned one of the worst aviation disasters in its history.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 crashed into a hillside after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to the capital, and burst into flames killing everyone on board.

An information cell has also been set up at Islamabad’s PIMS hospital with the contact number 051-9260340. The testing may take about 7-8 days.

Funeral prayers in absentia offered for victims

Funeral prayers in absentia were held for the crash victims at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday.

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Bodies being shifted to Islamabad

Meanwhile, helicopters carrying 28 dead bodies from Abbottabad arrived in Islamabad.

Three-day mourning in Chitral

Three-day mourning has been announced in Chitral to express solidarity with the families of those martyred the air crash. At least 19 of the victims belong to Chitral.

According to Radio Pakistan, all educational institutions and government offices were closed in the city on Thursday. Special prayers were also offered for the departed souls after Fajr.

Talking to journalists, State Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said helicopters were shifting the bodies from Ayub Teaching Hospital to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad for DNA testing before handing them over to the heirs.

Earlier, a hospital official at Ayub Medical Complex in the northern garrison town of Abbottabad told AFP, “Not one body was intact.”

Rescuers, including hundreds of villagers, had overnight pulled charred and smoking remains from the wreckage of the aircraft, parts of which were found hundreds of metres away from the main site.

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An AFP reporter at the site near the village of Saddha Batolni said part of the plane remained on fire more than five hours after the crash.

“The bodies were burnt so badly we could not recognise whether they were women or men,” a villager in his thirties, who declined to give his name said

“We put into sacks whatever we could find… and carried them down to the ambulance.”

Six of the victims had already been identified through fingerprints, according to Ali Baz, another official at the Ayub Medical Complex.

Details of the identified passengers were pasted on the wall outside the mortuary.

The aircraft issued a Mayday call at 4:14 pm Wednesday before losing radar contact and crashing.

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PIA chairman Azam Saigol said the nine-year-old plane was deemed to be “technically sound” when it last underwent a detailed inspection in October. “Our focus now is to retrieve all the dead bodies,” he added, vowing a full investigation into Flight PK661.

A senior rescue official on the site who requested anonymity added: “The villagers told us that the plane was shaky before it crashed. It was about to hit the village but it seems that the pilot managed to drag the plane towards the hills.”

Three foreigners were among the dead, officials said, with Austria’s foreign ministry later confirming two of its nationals were killed and Chinese state media saying one of its nationals was also among the victims.

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Among those also on board was Junaid Jamshed, a former Pakistani pop star turned evangelical, according to the Chitral airport manager and a local police official.

Tributes poured in on social media for the former lead singer of the country’s first major pop band, whose popular “Dil Dil Pakistan” became an unofficial national anthem.

Wednesday’s crash was the fourth deadliest on Pakistani soil. The country’s deadliest air disaster was in 2010, when an Airbus 321 crashed into the hills outside Islamabad while about to land, killing all 152 on board. An official report blamed the accident on a confused captain and a hostile cockpit atmosphere.

PIA engineer allegedly tortured to death over parking issue

PIA engineer allegedly tortured to death over parking issue

PIA engineer allegedly tortured to death over parking issue

 

 

Karachi: At least one person has been tortured to death over a parking issue in an animal market located in Sohrab Goth area in Karachi.

According to family members of the victim, Wajahat went to the animal market for buying sacrificial animal for Eid. Following arguments over parking issue, the parking management tortured him severely.

Sources said Wajahat was working as engineer in PIA.

The injured was rushed to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at the hospital.

The body was handed over to victim’s family after performing post-mortem. The police have registered a case and started an investigation.

source The nation