ATR is a perfect and safe aircraft: PIA

Flights between Islamabad and Chitral resumes

Amanullah Khan
PPakistan International Airlines on Friday slammed media reports suggesting the ATR-42 aircraft which crashed in Abbottabad was faulty and not airworthy. “Media reports suggesting that there was some known defect in the aircraft before its last flight are also totally baseless. It defies common sense that pilots and engineers would fly an aircraft that does not meet safety standards, and risk their own lives,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said.
As questions arise regarding the airworthiness of ATR-42, the airline’s spokesperson said, “ATR is perfectly safe for flying and is useful and economical on short haul flights in both hot and cold weather conditions.” Several of these aircraft are being operated by airlines in India and Europe, he added. Meanwhile CEO PIA Mr. Bernd Hildenbrand visited the residences of PIA officials who lost their lives in the tragic crash of PK-661 and offered heartfelt condolences.
The residences included Airhostess, Ms. Asma Adil; Capt. Saleh Yar Janjua; First Officer, Aaly Akram; Aircraft Engineer Asim Waqas and First Officer Ahmed Janjua. While saying that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of human life, he presented Rs. 500,000 cash to each of the bereaved family.
This amount is only to meet funeral expenses and will be followed by a comprehensive compensation package as per law. He was accompanied by Chief Operating Officer Capt. Qasim Hayat, Director Safety Capt. Naveed Aziz and Director Vigilance Brig. (R) Mohammad Asif. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) resumed its scheduled flights to and from Islamabad and Chitral on Friday, days after an ATR plane tragically crashed near Havelian on December 7.
Flight PK661 flew from Islamabad to Peshawar and then moved on to Chitral, where it landed at 1pm. An ATR plane was used to conduct this flight which carried 48 passengers, including the flight crew.
The same ATR took off from Chitral at 3:50pm to reach Islamabad. A flight enquiry official confirmed that no tickets were cancelled or withdrawn in the light of the Dec 7 plane crash. An initial police report of the PIA PK661 plane crash has been filed by SHO Pervez Khan of Haveliyan Police station. A formal FIR of the case was not registered as no one has come forward with a complaint. However, according to police sources, the police legal branch has been contacted for input on the matter.

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