PIA CEO Bernd Hildenbrand visits the location of the ATR crash close to Havelian metropolis. PHOTO: APP
ISLAMABAD: A group from the France-based mostly ATR plane producer might be a part of Pakistani investigators in probing the reason for the Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) aircraft crash that killed all forty seven individuals on board on December 7.
“The officers of the ATR have contacted PIA for help within the probe,” stated the PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani on Saturday. In response to a query, he confirmed that quickly after the tragic incident, the ATR firm had contacted PIA, providing its assist in the probe.
Nevertheless, because the Security and Investigation Board (SIB) is investigating the matter independently, the PIA referred the ATR to the SIB, which can determine when and whether or not to interact them. “The ultimate determination on this regard can be taken by the SIB,” he stated.
PIA’s flight PK-661 en path to Islamabad from the northern metropolis of Chitral had crashed right into a hillside close to Abbottabad after certainly one of its two turboprop engines failed and burst into flames.
Amongst these on board was Junaid Jamshed, a former singer-turned evangelist and DC Chitral Osama Warich. One Chinese language and two Austrian residents have been additionally among the many passengers.
The turboprop ATR plane is being operated in additional than one hundred nations by 200 airways together with India that has virtually the identical climatic and floor circumstances.
PIA Chairman Azam Saigol at a information convention after the crash had stated the 9-yr-previous aircraft was deemed to be ‘technically sound’ when it final underwent an in depth inspection in October.
On Saturday, PIA’s Chief Government Officer Bernd Hildenbrand visited Saddha Batolni village within the neighborhood of Havelian, the place the ATR forty two plane (AP-BHO) had crashed. He additionally laid a floral wreath on the website and noticed one-minute silence in remembrance of the victims.
He additionally met the native individuals and thanked them for promptly serving to within the rescue efforts, based on an official assertion.
Hildenbrand additionally visited the Embassy of Austria, along with assembly the family members of the Chinese language citizen who misplaced his life within the incident and prolonged his heartfelt condolences.
Two Austrian residents who have been working for a hydro energy plant in Chitral misplaced their lives and their households couldn’t attain Islamabad on account of visa and different authorities formalities and permission.
However the blood samples have been dispatched by courier to Pakistan for the identification of our bodies. In accordance with the employer of the Austrian residents, samples for the DNA verification are anticipated to succeed in Islamabad on Monday.
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, December eleventh, 2016.
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