The Misfortunes of The PIA
The month of
December has been a month of agony for our country since
Independence. On 16 December 1971 East and West Pakistan got
separated into Pakistan and Bangladesh. On the same day in 2014 a
terrorist attacked on APS and killed our hundred and more innocent
children during school time. This event changed our sorrow into
tears and pain. Similarly on 7 December 2016 we faced yet another
accident tragedy of our life. As Chitral is far away from other
main cities of Pakistan, an airplane is scheduled by Government via
PIA to serve people of this area twice a week. An unlucky plane
PK-661 took off from Chitral airport taking 40 passengers and seven
crewmembers at 3:50 pm on this Wednesday to Benazir Bhutto
International airport Islamabad. After 20 minutes of itís flight
the pilot of the plane noticed failure of one of his jetís two
engine. He immediately informed the Control Tower but it was too
late to do anything and suddenly it lost its holding capacity and
fell down crushing near Havalian of Abottabad city. However we lost
47 lives in this crush. DC Chitral Osama Warraich and Islamic Icon
Junaid Jamshed were also in this plane. Majority of the passengers
were from Chitral and three were foreign passengers.
The plane is not new
but here is a list of such accidents since Independence:
Pakistan airways or Pak Air was one of the two main airlines after
Independence in 1947. It was formed in 1948 and headquatered in
Karachi (the capital of Pakistan at that time). This airline faced
a total of three crushes its operative period. The first one
happened in 1948 at Busra Iraq , second at Vehari Punjab and third
at Karachi. Many casualities reported in these crushes.
1954 His Highness Saifur Rehman (Mehtar of Chitral) was killed in a
tragic air crush over Loweri Pass. The reason of this air crush
Flight 705 was a Boeing 720-040B that crushed while descending to
land on runway at Cairo Airport in 1965. In this crush 119 were
killed and only six survived with injuries. Till now, it is Egyptís
second worst aviation disaster.
Another is PIA Flight 17 crushed in 1966 involving Sikrosy S-61
twin-engine helicopter arriving from Dakha to Faridpur Bangladesh
(East Pakistan at that time). 24 casualities report and only one
survived with injuries. The reason of the crush reported mechanical
failure due to insufficient lubrication but during the flight a
vulture hit the one blade of rotor blades.
Flight 631 in 1972 that took off from Gilgit and never reached its
destination. 26 casualities reported including passangers and
crewmembers. The reason of this crush was its collision with a hill
near Maidan due to a rain storm.
same row is the crush of PIA Flight PK-740 which was a Boeing
707-340C crushed during its take off at Jeddah Airport in 1979 and
designated to land in Karachi. About 156 casualities reported with
no survival. The reason of this crush was leakage of gasoline stove
carried by one of the Hajj pilgrim passanger followed by fire in
the cabin of the plane.
1989 A PIA Fokker carrying 54 people disappeared after leaving
Gilgit in northern Pakistan. The wreckage is never found.
2006 PIA Flight 688 took off from Multan to Lahore . There were
about 41 passangers and 4 crewmembers all of whom died. Amongest
of them were vice chancellor of Bahauddian Zakariya University
Prof. Dr M Nasair Khan and world known Pakistani Neurosurgeon
Prof. Dr Iftikhar Ali Raja. Witnesses reported flames of fire just
after it take off.
The main reasons
behind these crushes are still a mystery and all the Black Boxes
once send to France for investigation never investigated or it may
be a secret which we would never know.Although the plane was not
fit for flight yet it was ordered to be used . Such is the
unfortunate story of Pakistan,when something happens in Pakistan
only committees and commissions are constituted but all in vain. No
one investigates or release any type of investigative report.
Therefore we demand to remove PIA Chairman and its engineering
department immediately, so that fair investigation could be
May all the departed
souls rest in peace. May ALLAH forgive their sins and bless them
with a place in Jannah. May Allah give their families patience to
bear such huge loss. Ameen!