First investigation report of PK 661 ATR to be presented in April 2018

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From Wasim Kambo

ISLAMABAD: Although the air history of country is full of accident but for the first time an investigative report regarding tragic incident of PK 661-ATR flight from Chitral to Islamabad would be presented to the government in April 2018.

Reliable sources of Aviation Division told “National Courier” that after the tragic incident on December 07, 2016, the Safety Investigation Board (SIB) in the light of government directives and under the protocol of International Aviation Organization (ICAO) summoned ATR manufacturing companies and without any delay provide material to three companies to prepare investigation report.

In this respect, the frame (body) of PIC-661 was sent to French based company ATR, which would issue report in January 2018. The propeller were sent to British company UTAS and it would give report in January 2018 while engine of the aero plane was sent to Canadian company Pratt and Whintey, which would also give technical report at the above mentioned date.

The Prime Minister soon after the incident issued directives to Safety Investigation Board (SIB) to include a top officer of Pakistan Air Force in the investigation.

Experts of engine, propeller and body manufacturing companies were called in Pakistan after the above mentioned incident and all ATR aero planes were grounded but after clearance of the experts, these ATRs were allowed to fly and now all ATR are operational.

Talking about the measures taken regarding air incidents, General Manager Pakistan International Airlines PR, Muhammad Mashhood Tarar said that heirs of 28 passengers out of 42 were paid compensation by the insurance company while remaining cases would be cleared soon issue, which were hindering compensation to the heirs of the victims. He said the employees who died in the incident were also paid thirty to forty salaries. A close relative of a victim passenger has been recruited in PIA.

Prior to this, a helicopter of Pak army had met accident in 2015 near Gilgit In 2012, an air plane of Bhoja Airline Boeing 737 crashed near  Islamabad and 121 passengers died in the incident. Air bus in 2010 had met incident but inquiry reports of these accidents could not be completed yet.

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