PK-8303 crash raises question about the national airline and we need to talk about it!
In 2018, the PIA was ranked the world's 3rd Worst Airline in the 5th annual airline rankings published by AirHelp.
The recent Karachi crash has raised many questions on the credibility of Pakistan’s local air industry. The incident, in which 97 were killed is one of the most catastrophic disasters in the country’s aviation history.
The state-owned airline, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has long been plagued with operational issues. The European Union banned PIA’s flights in 2007 because of concerns over safety.
The attention was drawn to the issues in July 2006, when 45 passengers died in a crash in the central city of Multan.
Critics maintained that falling standards in Pakistan’s booming airline industry were the primary cause.
In 2018, the PIA was ranked the world’s 3rd Worst Airline in the 5th annual airline rankings published by AirHelp.
Moreover, the PIA secured 52nd position out of 56 major airlines in safety rankings between 1985-1999 and 53rd out of 56 during the years 2000-2014.
Many of the concerns that have been expressed about the incident are related to the maintenance and safety of the state-owned aviation entity.
According to critics, the proliferation of routes and business of Pakistan’s air industry does not match international safety standards. Some aviation companies do not maintain their aircraft as regularly as they should.
Public Properties in the vicinity of airports
Yesterday’s air crash also raises a question on how it was possible to build a residential colony so near to the airport.
Throughout the civilized world, residential areas are built away from airports. However, it is only in Pakistan that housing colonies and buildings have surrounded areas of the airports.
There is no law in Pakistan on the minimum distance between airports and settlements.
The country has no special rules for granting no-objection certificates (NOCs) to private land developers to establish housing colonies in the surrounding areas of an airport.
Apart from crashes, with residential societies coming up near airports, birds start nestling around for leftover food lying around, which then becomes hazardous for flights.
Following is a timeline of major air crashes in Pakistan or involving Pakistani aircraft:
|Date of the plane crash||Airline||People died||Route/ Crashing site|
|May 22, 2020
|PIA Airbus A-320||97||Lahore to Karachi|
|December 7, 2016
|PIA ATR 42-500||47||Chitral to Islamabad|
|November 3, 2015
|Shaheen Air Boeing 737-400||Nil||Karachi to Lahore|
|April 20, 2012
|Bhoja Airlines1||125||Karachi to Islamabad|
|November 28, 2010
|Georgian airline||12||Crashed in Karachi|
|November 5, 2010
|charter JS Air||21||Crashed in Karachi|
|July 28, 2010
|Airblue Airlines aircraft||152||Karachi to Islamabad|
|July 10, 2006
|PIA Fokker||41||Multan to Lahore|
|February 24, 2003
|chartered Cessna 402-B||8||Arabian sea near Karachi|
|February 19, 2003
|Air Force Fokker F27||17||Crashed in the mountains near Kohat|
|August 17, 1988
|US-made Hercules C-130 military aircraft||32||Crashed near Bahawalpur|
|October 23, 1986||PIA Fokker F27||13||Coming to Peshawar|
|November 26, 1979||PIA Boeing 707||156||Saudi Arab to Pakistan|
|December 8, 1972||PIA Fokker F27||26||Gilgit to Rawalpindi|
|August 6, 1970||PIA Fokker F27||30||Attempting to take off from Islamabad|
|May 20, 1965||PIA Boeing 707||124||Pakistan to Cairo|
|March 26, 1965
|PIA||22||Peshawar to Chitral|
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