Defence Ministry suspends Bhoja Air operations

CAA says operations suspended till Bhoja Air acquires at least three aircrafts for domestic operations.

Afp May 29, 2012

KARACHI: The Defence Ministry on Tuesday suspended flights of Bhoja Air, a little over a month after one of its passenger planes crashed near Islamabad, killing all 127 people on board.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that the airline had been reduced to just one aircraft, below the minimum requirement, after one of its remaining two planes developed a fault. The Defence Ministry ordered a halt to operations.

“Bhoja Air’s operations have been suspended until it acquires at least three aircrafts for domestic operations,” CAA spokesman Pervez George told AFP.

Nobody from the airline was immediately available to comment.

A Bhoja Air Boeing 737 came down in fields near Islamabad on April 20 killing all 127 people on board.

In July 2010 an Airbus jet operated by Airblue crashed into the Margalla hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people in the worst air disaster ever on Pakistani soil.


Meekal Ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply

@Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: I agree with you. Life in our part of the world is cheap.

But I don't think this accident was related to the airworthiness of the a/c BUT as I said it MAY be related to the fact that the systems on board were not too good -- such as one which would have given them ADVANCED warning of possible wind-shear. I would also imagine the on-board radar was also an old black-and-white system as opposed to the modern color-coded radar's.

But then look at Air Blue. The finest and the most sophisticated a/c in the world with every safety device known to man. A true state-of-the-art aircraft.

And what happened?

They ignored all the warnings blaring at them and hit a hill!

the Skunk | 10 years ago | Reply

"Defense Ministry suspends Bhoja Air flights. The sentence should read, "CAA suspends all Bhoja Air flights."

Allowing an airline to operate with two aircraft in Pakistan when all the institutions are moribund or dead is a sure-shot prescription to disaster. That is exactly what happened. Rules and regulations, legislation and laws are on paper only and meant for the waste paper basket.

When has an institution functioned in accordance with the laws of Pakistan? The Supreme Court and armed forces, to my mind are the only exceptions, followed by the SBP and CCP.


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