Airblue crash (II)

July 31, 2010

KARACHI: Now that the black box has been found, I hope that the facts about how and why the plane crashed will be brought to light. But this can only happen if the contents of the black box are made public. When flying under 3,000 feet the pilot gets his bearing from the air traffic controller, although it is his decision to land/not land, his bearing and flight path are given by the air traffic controller as there are also other aircraft in the vicinity. That is why a air traffic controller is called an air traffic controller! It’s easy to put the blame on a dead captain now that he cannot defend himself.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2010.


Meekal Ahmed | 11 years ago | Reply The flight was under radar control. They should have alerted the pilot earlier about him flying too close to the terrain. But at the end of the day -- and ATC can make mistakes too -- the buck stops with the commander of the A321.
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