PIA plane crashes near Havelian, all 47 passengers dead



ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, killing all persons on board.

PIA Chairman Azam Saigol while confirming there were no survivors of the tragic plane crash said the aircraft was ‘fit to fly’.

Speaking at a news conference here, Azam Saigol said the PIA has 11 ATR aircrafts in its fleet and they all have been ‘reliable’.

“The plane crashed on Wednesday was A-checked in October,” he said in response to rumours about technical issues with the aircraft, adding that this certification is conducted after every 500 hours of flying.

“There is no room of human error regarding fitness certification of the plane, however, the incident will be probed thoroughly,” the PIA chairman assured, hinting at assistance by international agencies in the investigations.

Saigol said it was our plane and our passengers, yet contending the air travel was still the safest means of transportation. “We will ascertain the causes of the crash and will inform you,” he told anxious newsmen.

“This, however, should not be expected from the PIA that it would fly unfit jets,” he added.

According to a spokesperson for the Commissioner’s office in Hazara Division, 42 bodies have been recovered from the plane’s wreckage, which had scattered over a several kilometres. The Inter-Services Public Relations said around 500 army personnel were taking part in the operation to recover the…



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