PIA chief pledges transparent inquiry in crash of ‘safest’ plane

PIA chief pledges transparent inquiry in crash of ‘safest’ plane
Islamabad: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Marshal (retd) Arshad Malik vowed on Friday to conduct transparent investigation at par with international standards in passenger plane crash that occurred in Karachi earlier today.

“How this happened? An authentic way to resolve this question is inquiry,” Malik addressed a press conference. It was the “safest plane,” which was fully certified, he added.

Multiple causalities have been reported so far after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with around 100 passengers crashed near Karachi airport earlier today.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flight PK8303 took off from Lahore airport and was slated to land at Jinnah International airport when it crashed in the residential area of Madina Colony in Malir, nearly 4km away from the site of incident

The PIA CEO expressing grief over the loss of lives, adding that flag carries has also lost its two professional pilots.

Malik termed it a national tragedy and called for working jointly in this difficult time.

The CEO said that an independent inquiry will be held and the PIA will have no interference in it.

There was apparently no technical fault when the plane was allowed for flight, he said, adding that situation would get clear once the details of voice recorder and data recorder are retrieved.  

Safety is the top priority of the PIA, he said, adding: “Our pilots and engineers are fully trained”.

Talking about damages in the residential area, he said that there were no huge losses, adding that the rescue operation will taken two to three days to complete.