PIA CEO says aviation ministry to supervise inquiry of aircraft crash in Karachi

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KARACHI: The ministry of aviation would oversee the inquiry into the PIA aircraft crash earlier at present, the nationwide service’s chief govt mentioned Friday in a press convention right here within the metropolis, including that the plane was “technically sound”.

PIA CEO Arshad Malik mentioned the Aviation Ministry would oversee an inquiry into the incident and that his group stood with the federal government of Pakistan, the armed forces, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

“We will need 2-3 days to complete the operation,” Malik mentioned. “The airplane was technically sound.

“The aviation ministry will oversee an inquiry into the incident. We want the inquiry report to be completed as soon as possible but we cannot say when. We do not wish to interfere with the inquiry in any way.”

The PIA boss confirmed that 99 individuals, together with passengers and air crew, have been aboard the flight and that as of now, “we have reports of 19 dead in Civil Hospital and 22 in other hospitals”.

He mentioned the pilot established a ultimate touchdown approach and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) management room gave him a inexperienced sign to go forward.

“The pilot then did a go-around. He mentioned he’s getting ready for a second approach.

“Now what was the reason for the go-around? Please do not have any suspicions or doubts,” Malik mentioned, including that details may very well be ascertained via flight recorder and the black field. “Nothing can be said till the black box is retrieved.”

The PIA high official added that after the go-around, the pilot gave a name stating he “will establish for second approach”.

“Something occurred there and there can solely be ambiguities till we obtain the voice and information recorders. I say this with accountability that when it’s acquired, we’ll know whether or not there was a technical fault, another concern, some exterior exercise, chicken hit, and so forth.

“When the aircraft lowered down, the ATC requested the pilot if there was a problem and the pilot responds, ‘Yes, I’m going through an issue,’ after which the communication will get reduce off.

The PIA CEO additionally spoke concerning the victims and the response to the tragedy. “We need to handle the situation. We will handle this crisis,” he mentioned. “That’s why I’m right here and the aviation minister will come tomorrow.

“The families of the victims are welcome to come and stay at the airport hotels, which have been vacated. All affected persons are going to be accommodated in airport hotels and other government facilities in Qasr-e-Naz,” Malik famous.

“The plane crash-landed in a street; there was damage to the nearby houses but thankfully no building collapsed,” he added.

He mentioned the Safety Investigation Board “is a government body that will oversee the investigation” and that it’s “independent of PIA and will operate under its own SOPs”.

Malik additionally defined that the monitoring of the plane’s technical soundness was executed by the business, which has a database via which “they keep a close eye on the aircraft’s health”.

“I do not wish to give any further information [on the survivors] and I do not want to give anyone false hopes. Our emergency response centre is working round-the-clock to ascertain the facts,” he mentioned.

“I will provide more information as soon as we have it.”