I've received following info with photo and scan of a 1972 newspaper clipping from Mr. Abdul Majid Iqbal son of late Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry - the commander of AirBlue flight ED-202 which unfortunately crashed near Islamabad on July 28, 2010.
Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry (right) receiving Pakistan Air Line Pilots' Association (PALPA) award from Director General Civil Aviation Authority Air Commodore (Retd.) Junaid Amin.Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry and ED-202 – The Facts At Hand
Captain Pervez Iqbal was the youngest sibling of 5 brothers and sisters. He was born on 27th December 1948 and was 61 years of age. His father M. Younas Chaudhry was a civil engineer who was associated with some of the landmark Power and Water Projects in Pakistan namely Warsak, Mangla, Link Canals and Tarbela. Captain Pervez attended F.C. College Lahore before joining the PIA Training Academy. He was an avid sportsman and had won a number of awards at school and college level in Table Tennis, Badminton and Tennis. Post joining PIA, he was also a regular at the PIA squash complex in Karachi.
He got married in 1975 and He is survived by a wife and 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl) and 5 grand children.
This is a brief professional history of Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry. The facts are:
• He joined the PIA flying academy in 1968 to train as an airline pilot.
• He finished his training in 1970 and was first posted in Dacca.
• In the 1971 war, he was rewarded for safely flying an aircraft and 20 passengers from Dacca to Burma; at a time when Dacca airport was under attack by Indian Air Force. The flight was undertaken at tree top and hill top level to ensure that the aircraft was not detected by Indian radar.Here's scan of related news report published in January 1972. In 1971, Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry was twenty three year old First Officer on PIA DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft.
• He was sent to New Zealand to take delivery of a used Fokker F-27 aircraft and fly it back to Pakistan.
• Early in his career he was based out of Islamabad where he was also Chief Pilot North on the Fokker F-27.
• In his 40 years long career he had accumulated close to 26000 flying hours. No one in Pakistan can boast more flying hours.
• He had accumulated over 1100 flying hours on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.
• He had been an instructor on every single plane he had flown except Boeing 707/720, which he only flew for a year.
• He was also CAA rated check pilot on Airbus A300 and Boeing 747.
• He had been awarded low visibility flying certificate by PIA and as an instructor he used to train and approve PIA pilots for low visibility flying.
• He had joined AirBlue in April of 2008 at the age of 59.
• He had officially retired from PIA at the age of 60.
• He had a habit of saying 2 rakat namaz nawafil before every flight to pray to Allah for the safety of his aircraft and all the souls on it, including his. He never missed this, even if he forgot this as he could not pray at the unprayable time (sunrise, zawal or sunset) before leaving home, he would do at it at the airport.
• Aside from being borderline diabetic; he kept that in control with diet and exercise, he was in the best of health.
• In May 2010 he had suffered from appendicitis and was treated for it at Aga Khan University Hospital and took a month and a half off from flying to recover fully from it.
• He returned to flying on 16th June 2010 after getting full medical clearance from CAA.
• His last flights before 28th July were on 26th July, Karachi-Lahore-Karachi (ED-406 – ED-407).
• He had over 24 hours of rest before the flight on the 28th of July.
• He was informed on the 27th of July in the evening by AirBlue that the Pilot and the back-up Pilot for ED-202 had sick reported and was requested to take the flight on the 28th of July.
• On the 27th of July he had returned home from the Masjid after Isha and had fallen asleep by 10:15 pm and slept till Fajr.
• He was NOT fasting on the July 28th because of the flight he had that morning. He was always of the opinion that the safety of his passengers and his crew came first!
• He departed for the airport at approximately 6:00 am on July 28th for his flight of ED-202.
• As of today Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry is still missing.
He as a father: To describe him as a father is beyond words. He has given his children the best of the best in every aspect of life. He was extremely loving and caring.
These are the facts. Everything else regarding Captain Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry are rumors and lies. Currently everything regarding the flight of ED-202 is unconfirmed and unofficial.