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Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:33 am

PIA’s foreign operations to be suspended if standards not improved: report

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A foreign safety assessment of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft found that not only was the Airbus in bad shape but the crew also lacked technical training and was using outdated maps, it was learned on Saturday.

The faults were found during the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) inspections in Dubai.

According to inspection report, if PIA does not improve its standards immediately its foreign operations can be disrupted.

Sources said that some faults, including damaged windshields, sliding windows and loosely-tied cargo, could also prove fatal.

The PIA management, they said, lacked good governance and the Civil Aviation Authority — which is responsible for ensuring that flights are operated through well-maintained aircraft and have fully trained crew — also lacked strict monitoring.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates carried out the SAFA inspection of PIA’s flight PK-284 and found various faults in the Airbus A320 aircraft (registered as AP-BLW), which was operated on September 5 in Dubai.

The inspection report handed over to PIA official Farrukh Waseem said that “the windows and both primary windshields were delaminated”.

It claimed that the “cargo forward net was not secured and baggage was scattered, airway manuals and ALT charts were outdated and the crew was unaware of some technical information”. The baby bassinet was incorrectly stowed in the last seat row and the flashlight was not working in the daylight flight.

The sources claimed that PIA’s chief of flight operations Uzair Khan issued a letter on the subject of “SAFA inspections” just to save his skin instead of taking any action against the crew and staffers responsible for the faults, or making efforts to improve their training standard.

The letter read: “It is informed that the PIA SAFA inspections index has risen to critical level and further finding may cause disruption of operation to foreign destinations. In the light of above it is once again reiterated that strict adherence to standard procedures and company policies help avoid findings during inspections.” It advised all pilots to pay close attention to personal and onboard documents validity on all flights and adhere to the ‘No Smoking’ policy at all times.

Source: DAWN
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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:39 am

PIA flight PK-284 is operated from Dubai to Peshawar.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/pk284

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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by arshad.altaf » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:42 am

Another feather in the cap!

A couple of days ago PIA, in its clarification in DAWN had harped about the "best management" and here is the national carrier bringing more laurels to the country. This news will go on "Aviation Herald" and possibly other aviation forums.

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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by TAILWIND » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:15 pm

arshad.altaf wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:42 am
Another feather in the cap!

A couple of days ago PIA, in its clarification in DAWN had harped about the "best management" and here is the national carrier bringing more laurels to the country. This news will go on "Aviation Herald" and possibly other aviation forums.

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Avherald only covers incidents and accidents.

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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by arshad.altaf » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:14 am

Thank you for the clarification.
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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:01 pm

Suspension of foreign operations unlikely, says PIA

December 12, 2017


THE Pakistan International Airlines has clarified a news report published in Dawn on Sunday (Dec 10) under the headline, “PIA’s foreign operations to be suspended if standards not improved”.

According to a PIA press release, there is no likelihood of suspension of PIA flight operation solely on the basis of SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) index.

The airlines said “inspections are a regular feature in aviation. After inspections some findings are given and it takes some time to take corrective measures”. Turning to the A320 plane cited in the Dawn report, the press release said it was inspected in Dubai in September and follow-up action taken by the airline on the basis of the assessment.

The DAWN story had quoted the SAFA inspection report as saying not only was the A320 aircraft out of shape, but also that its crew lacked training and was found using outdated maps.

It further said PIA had been told that if standards did not improve, its foreign operations could face suspension.

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Re: Authorities at Dubai Airport Find PIA Operating Airbus A320 in Bad Shape and Crew Using Outdated Maps

Post by TAILWIND » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:05 pm

some dawn reporter needs few more free tickets