What happened to the Airblue investigation?

Published: April 21, 2011

The site of the Airblue plane crash on July 28, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The convenor of the Airblue Crash Affectees Organisation (ACAO) revealed on last night’s Express 24/7 show Witness with Quatrina, that the families of the Airblue crash last July had yet to receive information from the concerned government departments or the airline.

The program looked into the failings of the government, its growing insensitivity towards the death of innocents, and its inability to protect people and provide answers regarding the crash.

Shanaz Wazir Ali, a PPP MNA was on video linkup from Islamabad, Professor Rasool Bakhsh Rais and Express host Dr Maria Zulfiqar Khan were in the Lahore studios.

Junaid Hamid said that their organization had been formed by families who had lost relatives and loved ones when Airblue flight ED 202 crashed in the Margala hills of Islamabad on July 28 of last year.

He stressed that the ACAO was a non-political organisation, created out of a need in light of government, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the airline’s apathy in the aftermath of the crash. While demanding for their rights to information about the crash, they had not received any communiqué from none of the organisations concerned in the past eight months.

Having lost his brother in the crash, Hamid said that the government, agencies, CAA, and the airline were keeping mum about investigations into the crash. Such was the silence, he said, even the fate of voluntary compensation announcements by the government were up in the air.

Rafique asked Hamid about reports of a certain lawyer who tried to coerce and intimidate family members of Airblue crash victims as they filed a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court. Hamid was of the view that if proven true it would be unfortunate, however since the matter was subjudice, he could not comment on it.

Prof Rasool Bakhsh Rais suggested that family members of the Airblue crash victims should sue the airline since it was a commercial venture and responsible for the lives of those passengers. He stressed that the authorities involved, especially the airline, must make public the findings of any investigation report on the crash.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • bilal danish
    Apr 21, 2011 - 6:26PM

    they probably have the information they just dont want to reveal it !!! Recommend

  • abc
    Apr 21, 2011 - 7:38PM

    A friend of mine who lost her husband in the crash, knew the son of the Airblue CEO and claims to have heard the Black box recording. According to her it was pilot error, that when the system was warning that terrain was close, and the co-pilot voiced similar concerns the pilot ignored them citing that he knew they were close to ground as they had attempted to land. How close he dint realise and immediately crashed into the hills.

    This is extreme apathy on part of the govt. The report should be published to not only improve security for other passengers, but provide closure to victims families. Airblue has yet to pay damages as well in relation to the future earnings of each victim. They are offering 50 lakhs which is petty considering that the report is yet to be disclosed.

    In light of the lack of concern by Airblue management, this airline should be boycotted. I know i wont be flying on this airline anytime soon.Recommend

  • Haris Lodhi
    Apr 22, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Dear ABC,
    I am Haris Lodhi and lost my mother in this crash Shireen Lodhi. I am very surprised that son of Shahid khakan listened black box recording and we are following up for the last 8 months for the same. Moreover, if this is true then this is also the violation of Aviation laws that the CEO family sons have an access to such critical information.Pilot error to be justified only after the complete investigation and we will not accept any fake report without proper investigations according to international laws. CAA is culprit , PIMS is culprit , NDMA is culprit and all those who involved . Justice Wasim Sajjad from Air Blue can’t defend their client without detailed investigation report .

    I will followup this case as I am doing since the time of crash . I want to give heavy loss to Air Blue for their unprofessional attitude towards this case. This case will proof that Judiciary is independent or not . We had already handed over personally an application with 22 signatories to CJ for suomoto notice but unfortunately CJ don’t have power to take this issue which is against PML(N) sitting MNA & CEO Shahid Khakan Abbassi. This will affect the reputation and image of CJ on their honesty towards their work . I personally appealed to Chief Justice to do their work honestly and order for suomoto notice at the earliest .

    Thanks .
    Haris Lodhi
    Son of Shireen Lodhi
    Shaheed-e-Margalla Recommend

  • Muneeb Ahmed Shah
    Apr 22, 2011 - 8:42AM

    Our so called independent judiciary can re-open the ZAB case after 30 odd years but forgotten the loss of innocent lives. Its high time that they along with the rest of the nation should wake up. My brother in-law & a dearest friend Asad Anwar was on the flight. We cannot bring him back but there will be many other Asads we can save if we take the action today against the concerned ones. Our nation can protest against an actress convicted for vulgarity but prefers to remain silent against the tragic loss of hundreds of lives. WAKE UP CJ, WAKE UP GOVT. , WAKE UP PAKISTAN !!Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 22, 2011 - 10:18AM

    @Haris Lodhi:
    I am saddened after hearing your loss and the way this case has been handled. I have suggestion rather than waiting for the CJ to take notice, would it not be good that you and other families join together to file a case in this court against the negligence of the company.Recommend

  • Fazal
    Jun 16, 2011 - 4:10PM

    According to some news agencies, the investigation of Air Blue flight 202 completed in early March and decieded to Submit it to CAA and other respective departments on March 06. Black box and CVR remains the property of Airline involved in Accident, and company can make this public. As done by some Opraters (See http://www.aircrashinfo.com under CVRs). any case regarding this loss been filed in court by affectees ? If no, please use judiciery and follow up. Pakistan is unable to bear such losses again….!!!Recommend

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