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PIA Fokker Crash Memorial To Be Inaugurated In Multan

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PIA is sponsoring a seminar on Aviation Safety in Pakistan according to an ad given in today's (June 28) newspaper. The seminar will be held at Ramada Hotel in Multan on July 10, 2009. The seminar is dedicated to people who lost their lives in PIA Fokker F-27 (AP-BAL) crash on July 10, 2006 in Multan.

Managing Director PIA Capt. Aijaz Haroon will be the Chief Guest and he will also inaugurate a memorial in memory of passengers and crew who lost their lives in PIA Fokker crash in Multan.

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Is PIA Fokker F-27 crash memorial built at crash site?
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probably someone resident of Multan; residing near about crash site can confirm about memorial?
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Just a opinion: Since PIA is doing something good finally to give families of all victims closer, i would suggest that PIA use AP-BDR's hulk as part of the memorial construction in some way. Since this memorial will be made permanently having airframe of similar aircraft would be good for future generations so they could also visit it more often to say dua's for all who perished that day by looking at BDR being there...

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They deserve it. Almost every crash site has memorial so why can't we have one in Pakistan. Those who died in this tragic incident need to remembered.

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anyone from here attending this seminar?

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Memorial is not at the crash site.PIA md is the chief guest.

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^ Thank you for the info.

A small, simple but elegant memorial at a calm and peaceful place with details like flight number, route and names of crew and passengers with verses from Holy Quran engraved in a stone or on marble will be a nice tribute to crash victims.

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Seminar On Aviation Safety Today

LAHORE (July 10 2009):
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and Royal Aeronautical Society (Pakistan Division) are co-hosting a seminar on 'Aviation Safety in Pakistan', sponsored by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) today (July 10, 2009) in Multan.

According to a PIA spokesman here on Thursday, PIA Managing Director Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon will be the chief guest on the occasion. The seminar is expected to be attended by representatives of civil society, city notables, traders, business community of Multan, and delegates from airlines and general aviation organizations.

Source: www.brecorder.com

Govt Sitting On Multan Fokker Crash Report

By Zulqernain Tahir

LAHORE, July 9:
The federal government has yet to make the Multan Fokker crash report public, three years after the tragic incident.
A Civil Aviation Authority official informed Dawn on Thursday that it had submitted the investigation report to the government and it was up to it to make it public. "The authority on its own cannot reveal anything in this regard," the official said.

As many as 41 passengers, including two judges of the Lahore High Court, a former principal of the King Edward Medical College and four crew members, lost their lives when the Lahore-bound Fokker (F-27) crashed soon after its take-off from the Multan airport on July 10, 2006.

A three-member team comprising Air Commodore Junaid Amin (head), Wing Commodore Nasim Ahmed and PIA's captain Dara Shah Nawaz had conducted the probe with the help of experts from the US, the UK, France, Germany and Netherlands.

Under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules, it is mandatory for the CAA to make public the findings of the investigation into any aircraft crash.

The federal government even did not bother to share the investigation report with the countries it had sought help from in the process. The ICAO rules also require a member country to formally submit the findings of a plane crash probe to the other members it takes on board during investigation process.

Following the accident, the government had grounded the Fokker fleet.

According to a source in the authority, the ill-fated aircraft F-27, before starting its journey from Islamabad airport, had developed faults in its engine and radio instruments, which delayed its journey to Lahore by 40 minutes. "The pilot, Capt Hamid Qurehi, had lodged a complaint in this regard but to no avail," he said.

A fact-finding committee of High Court Bar Association, Multan, had said the aircraft, soon after its take-off (Lahore to Multan), got de-tracked for about 25 miles towards the eastern side of the Pakistani border due to flawed navigation system.The fact of plane's losing direction was brought to the pilot's knowledge, who responded that he had complained about the navigation system and other defects in the aircraft repeatedly but no body cared to remove them.

The source said the record proved that Capt Qureshi was overworked and fatigued and he was called to fly the aircraft after the rest of only six hours. "This practice still goes on despite frequent protests by pilots. A senior PIA pilot has been recently censured for pointing out induction of overworked co-pilot in his crew," he said.

According to a senior CAA official, the crash was primarily the outcome of "human error". He said one of the two engines of the 42-year-old plane had stopped working at the time of take-off and the pilot could not timely pull up the landing gear within the altitude of 400 feet. The plane crashed within one minute and 12 seconds of take-off.

The aircraft was manufactured in 1964 and bought by PIA in 1979 after remaining operational for fifteen years. It had a recommended 28 years of life (non-extendable).

Source: DAWN

Three years later, Fokker crash inquiry still awaited

Friday, July 10, 2009

By Mazhar Tufail

ISLAMABAD:
Today is the third anniversary of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Fokker F-27 crash, in which 45 persons, including 04 crew members and 41 passengers, were killed, but neither the government has presented the inquiry report to the public nor taken disciplinary action against any of the officials responsible for the tragedy.

The PIA Flight 688 had crashed on July 10, 2006, at 12 noon, minutes after taking off from Multan Airport for Lahore. The plane had reportedly suffered engine problems and hit an electric power line before crashing in a nearby field. The plane had broken up and caught fire. It was 160th loss of a Fokker F-27 in the world, 9th worst accident involving a Fokker F-27 in terms of life loss and 3rd worst accident in Pakistan aviation at that time.

The then government of Pervez Musharraf had ordered an inquiry into the incident and the political parties had had raised a lot of hue and cry demanding punishment to the persons responsible for the plane crash. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which was in opposition at that time, had even gone to the extent of pinpointing the culprits and vowing to bring them to the court of justice.

Now the same PPP is in power, but, like many other forgotten promises this too has not been fulfilled. After the 2008 elections, the crash victims' relatives expected that justice would be dispensed as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was elected from Multan and is said to have even personally known some of the crash victims.

The kin of victims wrote many letters to the PM to bring to justice the culprits behind the tragic incident and some of them even went to top government functionaries after the elections. Two high court judges, two brigadiers of the Pakistan Army and the best neurosurgeon of the country were among the crash victims.

The kin of the victims had another very bright hope in the person of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart who too was elected from Multan in 2002 elections, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, as his close relatives had died in the crash. Hashmi was personally devastated to an extent that he was in jail but went to Multan on a two-day parole to attend the funeral.

When the PPP and PML-N formed a coalition government after the 2008 elections, the people of Multan had a great hope from the two very seasoned politicians from the two largest political parties of the country, but like many other national tragedies, nobody has so far been punished for being responsible for the plane crash nor the investigation report has been made public.

A lot was written about many scenarios engulfing the crash and all possible scapegoats were desperately looked for, but thanks to the media, which was highly alive to the issue, such designs could not succeed.

This correspondent tried to contact Prime Minister Gilani for comments but could not succeed. Similarly, MNA Javed Hashmi is currently in the United States and could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.

When contacted, Sultan Hassan, PIA director public relations, said that heirs of all the Fokker crash victims have been paid insurance claims at the rate of Rs2 million per passenger except those of seven passengers. He said that according to the aviation rules, the PIA was liable to pay Rs0.5 million per passenger, but an amount of Rs2 million was paid to the heirs of the Fokker crash victims as a special case.

"The heirs of seven passengers developed disputes among themselves and went to the court so they have not been paid the insurance claim," he said. "They, too, will be paid but only after a court decision as to who are legitimate heirs," he added.

When contacted by The News, a senior official of the Ministry of Defence said, on condition of anonymity, that a report prepared by the Safety Investigation Board of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was sent to the ministry and was sent back by the ministry after vetting. He said that according to the report, the incident had occurred because of a technical fault.

Source: The News

Fokker crash inquiry report hitherto unaccounted for

Friday, July 10, 2009

MULTAN:
The inquiry report of Fokker plane crash in Multan has yet to be publicized despite passing three years.

Forty-five people including crewmembers onboard when the plane crashed at Multan Airport right after the take off. All passengers and crewmembers killed in the incident. But so far, no official report has been released so far for the public and no action has been taken against those responsible for the crash.

Source: The News
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MULTAN: PIA Managing Director Capt. Aijaz Haroon addresses a seminar co-hosted by ISASI and Royal Aeronautical Society (Pakistan Division).

Seminar Held To Mark 3rd Anniversary of Fokker Crash

LAHORE -
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and Royal Aeronautical Society (Pakistan Division) co-hosted a seminar on "Aviation Safety in Pakistan" at a local hotel in Multan, said a spokesman for PIA on Friday.

The seminar was sponsored by PIA, on the third anniversary of PIA Fokker crash incident to commemorate those who lost their lives in the unfortunate plane crash of July 10, 2006.

The seminar provided a platform to discover new ideas for improving air safety and raising public awareness towards transportation safety in Pakistan and measures being taken by PIA to further improve Aviation Safety in Pakistan.

PIA Managing Director Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon was the chief guest on the occasion. Papers were presented by officials of PIA, CAA, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, AirBlue, Pakistan State Oil, Shaheen Air International, Singapore Accident Investigation Board and International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Source: The Nation

Seminar On Aviation Safety In Pakistan

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LAHORE:
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and Royal Aeronautical Society (Pakistan Division) organized a seminar on 'Aviation Safety in Pakistan' provided a platform to discover new ideas for improving air safety and raising public awareness towards transportation safety in Pakistan. According to a statement issued here stated that the seminar was held at a local hotel in Multan sponsored by PIA, on the third anniversary of PIA Fokker crash incident to commemorate those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Fokker plane crash of 10th July 2006. The seminar also highlighted the measures being taken by PIA to further improve Aviation Safety in Pakistan. Managing Director PIA, Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon speaking on the occasion as chief guest stated that Multan Fokker crash was a tragic and unfortunate incident, which is remembered by entire airline.

Source: The News (July 11, 2009)

Seminar On Aviation Safety Held In Multan

Saturday, July 11, 2009

MULTAN:
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (Pakistan Division) co-hosted a seminar on aviation safety on Friday at a hotel in Multan.

Sponsored by the PIA, it coincided with the third anniversary of PIA Fokker crash on July 10, 2006, as a mark of commemoration, said a PIA handout issued here.

PIA Managing Director Capt Aijaz Haroon said the Multan Fokker crash was a tragic and unfortunate incident, which would be remembered by the entire airline. He said that PIA's foremost priority is the safety of its passengers and special attention is being paid to safety standards at the airline.

The PIA has successfully renewed its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration. He said the PIA would organise a safety seminar each year in Multan. A memorial would also be placed at the Multan airport that would be shortly built with the cooperation of the CAA.

Papers were presented by the officials of PIA, CAA, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air force, Airblue, Pakistan State Oil, Shaheen Air International, Singapore Accident Investigation Board and International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Source: The News

Seminar held on aviation safety in Pakistan

KARACHI:
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and Royal Aeronautical Society, Pakistan division co-hosted a seminar on "Aviation Safety in Pakistan" in Multan. The seminar was sponsored by PIA, on the third anniversary of PIA fokker crash incident to commemorate those who lost their lives in the plane crash of July 10, 2006. The seminar provided a platform to discover new ideas for improving air safety and raising public awareness towards transportation safety in Pakistan and measures being taken by PIA to further improve aviation safety in Pakistan. Managing Director PIA, Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon said PIA's foremost priority is the safety of its passengers and special attention is being made with regard to the safety standards of the airline. PIA has successfully renewed it's IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration. IATA has extended PIA's IOSA registration for the next two years till June 24, 2011. Out of a total of nearly 1,500 registered airlines in the world, only 308 airlines are IOSA certified, making it a highly respected accomplishment, he added. He said PIA would organize safety seminars each year in Multan, declaring Multan as a hub for aviation safety conference. A memorial would also be placed at Multan airport that would be shortly build with the cooperation of Civil Aviation Authority. staff report

Source: Daily Times

Aviation Safety Seminar Held In Multan

MULTAN (July 11 2009):
The Managing Director of PIA, Captain Aijaz Haroon, has said that PIA has planned to induct 27 modern aircraft in its fleet during the next five years, while President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the PIA management to get more planes on lease for different destination, "and we are negotiating with different private airlines for this purpose but mostly companies are reluctant to provide aircraft for required destination".

Talking to newsmen here after a seminar on 'Pakistan Aviation Safety Challenges and Strategies', organised jointly by International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), Royal Aeronautical Society Pakistan, and PIA here on Friday, he said that there was no possibility of reduction in domestic fares. However, the government has reduced Haj fare by Rs 10,000.

He said that PIA was not a white elephant, and added that it was incurring losses after 2004 when the oil prices had increased to 147 dollars per barrel. Otherwise, it was running in profit between 2000 and 2004. He claimed that PIA had controlled its losses. He said that PIA would increase the salaries of the entire staff when pilots' demands were met "and we did not revise pay of any employee as yet".

H said that such pilots would be regularised who had completed their three years' contract period with good behaviour and conduct. He admitted that there was shortage of cabin crew, "and we are going to introduce a recruitment policy to replenish the vacancies".

He said that there was dire need of a legislation for immediate publication of accidental inquiry reports. He said that Peshawar operation would continue when the airport is open, "because we are national flag carrier". Earlier,Wing Commander Naseen Ahmed, member of USASI, spoke on need for independent accident investigation organisation.

Engr Hafeez-uddin, Secretary, Royal Aeronautical Society, Air Commodore Hashim Pervez Yamin spoke on aircraft accident and opportunity to improve aviation safety. Colonel Umar Chaudhry, GM, Corporate Safety, spoke on use of flight data management for aviation safety and investigation. Air Commodore Shadab Hussain, General Manager, Corporate Safety, spoke on 'bird hazards and aviation safety'.

Chow Wah, of Singapore Accident Investigation Board, spoke on 'under-water search and rescue operation'. Colonel Arshad Amin of Pakistan Army gave lecture on risk management. The message of Frank Del Gandio, President of ISASI, was read out by Naseem Ahmed.

Group Captain M Abdul Basit, Captain Salman Azhar, and Engr Usman Javed also spoke.They said that statistics compiled by the Netherlands Civil Aviation Authority showed that world-wide an average of 17 fatal ALAs occurred each year during 1980 to 1998 in passenger operations and cargo operations conducted by aircraft weighing 5,700 kilograms/12,500 pounds or more.

The Data Acquisition and Analysis Working Group validated accident-prevention strategies based on analysis of 287 fatal accident reports; detailed case studies of 76 accidents and serious incidents; and assessments of key flight crew behavioural markers identified in the accidents and incidents, and in line audits of 3,300 flights.

The Operations and Training Working Group developed, from accident and incident data, eight conclusions about the major causes of ALAs and how to prevent them. The Aircraft Equipment Working Group examined how to make better use of equipment currently aboard transport aircraft to prevent ALAs; and, the Air Traffic Control Training and Procedures/Airport Facilities Working Group examined navigational charting, ground equipment and facilities standards, phraseology in communications between air traffic controllers and pilots, and controller training.

Cabin crews are responsible primarily for passenger safety, an aspect of their duties often overlooked by passengers eager to be served beverages and food during a flight. Cabin Crew Safety reports on subjects that reflect not only on the safety of passengers, but that of all the aircraft's crew members.

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Re: PIA Fokker Crash Memorial To Be Inaugurated In Multan

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What is the status of this memorial?

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PIA Fokker F27 crash in Multan memorial not built, according to following news report:

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Urdu daily "Express" July 13, 2022, edition.

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