Closer to closure?: Airblue crash report presented to PM

Gilani approves its dispatch to countries of manufacture and design.

Agencies August 04, 2011


In what may be conjectured a rare sign of progress, the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) safety investigation board presented the investigation report of Airblue flight ED-202 to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday and briefed him in detail about the events that led to the crash on July 28, 2010.

The prime minister approved the dispatch of the investigation report for comments to the countries of manufacture and design of the aircraft – a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Comments from these countries are to be received within a period of 60 days.

“While we wait for comments from concerned states, necessary safety-related directives must be issued to ensure safety of lives and equipment,” the prime minister said.

He expressed concern over the slow pace of compensation to affected families and asked for the process to be expedited.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Athar Ali, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations) Air Mar­shal Muhammad Hasan, Additional Secretary Defence Maj-Gen Raja Arif Nazir and DG CAA Air Marshal (retd) Khalid Chaudhry
also attended the presentation.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.

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