Families of PIA crash victims reject probe report

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Families of PIA airplane crash victims addressing a press convention in Karachi, on June 29, 2020. — Geo News

KARACHI: Families of those that had died within the final month’s Pakistan International Airlines airplane crash have rejected the investigation report which had held the pilots and the air visitors management officers accountable for the lapse.

“We completely reject the government-mandated investigation,” they mentioned in a press convention in Karachi right this moment, demanding a recent and unbiased investigation into the incident.

“A single person isn’t responsible for the crash, there are more than one individuals who are responsible for the tragedy. An indiscriminate action against those at fault should be taken,” the aggrieved households mentioned.

At least 97 individuals had died within the May 22 incident, making it the third most catastrophic aviation catastrophe in Pakistan’s historical past. Two individuals had miraculously survived the crash.

“The national flag carrier is the world’s second over-staffed airline according to employee-plane ratio. Political appointments in the airline should stop.”

Families of PIA airplane crash victims addressing a press convention in Karachi, on June 29, 2020. — Geo News

Blaming the airline administration for failing to offer swift help to the victims, they mentioned, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), PIA and the Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) all are the identical.”

They additionally demanded a ban on the employees’ unions in PIA and CAA.

“Currency worth millions of rupees was recovered from the site, while many cases of corruption have been unearthed in the PIA.”

The households mentioned that that they had knocked on the doorways of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for investigations. “What action has been taken against the air traffic controller officials?” they requested.

“Here [in the country] a crash takes place every two years […] Who is responsible for these incidents?”

Report holds pilots, ATC accountable

On June 24, Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan had introduced the interim investigation report on the PIA airplane crash within the National Assembly, saying that the pilots weren’t targeted and their lack of focus prompted the crash.

Presenting the preliminary investigation report on the ground of the House, Sarwar had mentioned that the dialog between the pilot and the air visitors controllers had been recorded and he had heard it himself.

The minister mentioned that the tools from the plane had been extracted and decoded, including that the recording obtained could be made a part of the ultimate report of the airplane crash.

Sarwar mentioned that the preliminary report identified that there was no technical fault with the plane and even the pilot had mentioned the identical in his dialog with the air visitors controllers.