PIA responsible for 2016 ATR crash, SHC told

By: News Desk      Published: 01:00 PM, 27 Oct, 2020
PIA responsible for 2016 ATR crash, SHC told

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) presented an initial investigation report before the Sindh High Court, which says the PIA was responsible the for ATR plane crash that claimed the lives of 48 people including famous singer-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed in 2016, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

According to the details, this report prepared by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board mentioned that the pilot had to face a very complicated technical problem after the ill-fated plane’s turbine broke.

It was further stated that the particular technical fault had never been witnessed in the past and was a result of poor maintenance.

The report notes that it becomes impossible for a pilot to control the plane in this scenario.

All the 48 passengers and crewmembers had died in the plane crash in the mountains near Havelian in Abbottabad district after the flight left for Islamabad from Chitral on December 7, 2016.

Junaid Jamshed – a famous singer-turned-preacher – and his wife as well as Chitral Deputy Commissioner Osama Warraich were also among the victims.

Earlier in January 2019, a one-page Safety Investigation Board (SIB) report had found a ‘lapse’ on the part of the PIA and a ‘lack of oversight’ by the CAA that may have led to the tragic incident.

A two-member Sindh High Court bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar is hearing the matter after a petition was filed in 2016 following the ATR crash, seeking a probe into various incidents of air crashes.

But after the PIA plane crash near the Karachi airport, the petitioner filed an application seeking an urgent hearing of the original petition.