PIA Fokker Down in Multan

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PIA Fokker Down in Multan

Post by VirtualPIA » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:39 pm

Just saw on GEO news that a PIA Fokker carrying 45 pax and crew has gone down on a Multan-Lahore flight. Initial reports are suggesting the aircraft hit power lines and the situation is serious.
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Post by VirtualPIA » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:07 pm

Unfortunately there are no reports of survivors. The aircraft is still on fire as PIA and CAA officials arrive at the scene.
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Post by momers » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:10 pm

Didnt find anything on geo news online but BBC and CNN are both reporting it as a breaking news and citing Geo as the source. CNN has it as a headlineon its frontpage.

A terrible thing to have happened if confirmed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5164280.stm

www.cnn.com

All the more need to have the fokkers replaced ASAP.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:23 pm

All 45 people onboard dead (41 passengers and 4 crew members).

Flight PK-688 from Multan to Lahore.

According to eye witnesses, aircraft struck power lines, caught fire and fell into open field.
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Indeed Very tragic

Post by ammad » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:30 pm

Very Tragic. I pray for those who have lost there life.
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Post by bravo45 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:42 pm

Inna lillahy wa inna ilahay rajeoon.

Just got to know about it. I was hoping its not true. I don't know what to say.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:44 pm

Aircraft was flying under the command of Capt. Hamid.

Crash site is near Suraj Miani.

My sincere condolences to family members of those who perished in this terrible tragedy.
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Post by VirtualPIA » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:46 pm

Reports are suggesting that the aircraft's no 2 engine caught fire shortly after take off. The aircraft then hit power lines and crashed in a field. It has reportedly broken up into several pieces, which have completely burnt. The fire has been extinguished now, and at least 15 charred bodies have been pulled from the wreckage. Inna lillah wa inna ilaihi rajioon.
May Allah have mercy on their souls, and give their families the strength to bear this tragic loss. Ameen.
The passenger list has not yet been released, but senior officials have been quoted saying that two high court judges and two army brigadiers were on board the aircraft. They have expressed no hopes of finding any survivors, and identifying the badly burnt bodies.
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Post by flyingsystem » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:50 pm

Just heard the news on geo: really sad.
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Post by ammad » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:57 pm

Sabre Says:

NAME RECORDS PURPOSELY INACCESSIBLE
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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:58 pm

Airliner with 45 on board crashes in Pakistan

MULTAN, Pakistan (AFP) -
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Fokker turbo-prop plane carrying 41 passengers and four crew crashed into a field and burst into flames, officials said.

Rescue officials said they had pulled at least 10 badly burned bodies from the wreckage of the aircraft near the central city of Multan.

The plane bound for the eastern city of Lahore crashed minutes after it took off at 12:05 pm (0705 GMT) on Monday, Multan airport manager Syed Amir Mahmood said.

There was no immediate information on casualties.

Civil Aviation Authority director general Pervez Akhtar also confirmed that the plane had crashed, adding that he hoped there would be survivors but had no further details.

He said the cause of the crash was not yet known.

One official at the site, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the plane tried to land in the field after developing an apparent technical fault but struck an electricity cable.

Flames were rising from the scene of the crash at Suraj Miani, about five kilometres (three miles) from the centre of Multan, private GEO television said.

The wreckage was in an open field with no signs of survivors, the station's correspondent at the scene said.

Ambulance workers had recovered at least 10 bodies, said Irfan Ahmad, a doctor with the Edhi Foundation, Pakistan's largest charity.

"The plane is still on fire, it is taking some time for the relief work," he said. "The bodies are completely burned."

Police had cordoned off the scene and were keeping local people away from the area.

PIA's ageing fleet of Fokker aircraft came under scrutiny last year over the number of hours they had flown. They are due to be replaced by new ATR 42 aircraft.

Source: Yahoo News
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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:01 pm

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Rescue workers gather at the site of a plane crash in Multan July 10, 2006. (Asim Tanveer/Reuters)

No survivors in Pakistan plane crash

By Asim Tanveer

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) -
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the central city of Multan on Monday, killing all 45 people on board, the local police chief said.

"Everyone is dead. I am standing at the site," police chief Iftikhar Babar told Reuters.

Flight PK 688, en route for Lahore before flying on to Islamabad, crashed three minutes after take-off from Multan airport, said Hasan Jaffery, a PIA spokesman. The Fokker plane was carrying 41 passengers and four crew.

"Bodies are badly charred. The debris has caught fire," a Reuters witness said.

He said rescue workers from the privately run relief foundation Edhi, the Civil Aviation Authority and the army were taking part in the rescue operation.

"There are few bodies which are identifiable," said Shahid Pervez, a civil defense official, as rescue workers loaded the corpses into ambulances.

The plane, laden with fuel, burst into flames after crashing near a state primary school, around three km (two miles) from the airport.

Police chief Babar quoted some witnesses as saying they saw flames coming from the aircraft shortly after it took off, and it appeared to be tilting to the right.

"I saw the plane diving downwards. It hit electricity wires and then crashed after hitting a wall of an orchard," said Mohammad Akram, a farmer who was working his fields. He said the plane burst into flames after impact.

President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz both expressed grief over the crash, according to state-run Pakistan Television. Aziz also ordered an inquiry.

Senior ranking members of the military and judiciary were among the passengers, according to officials in Multan.

In February, 2003, a Fokker F-27 turboprop crashed in northwestern Pakistan killing Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, his wife and 15 others.

Jaffery said PIA was still gathering information to help find out why the plane crashed.

PIA has seven other Fokkers in its fleet. The aircraft that crashed was bought four decades ago. Airworthiness certificates for aircraft are issued following pre-flight checks.

Late last year, PIA ordered seven new ATR42-500 planes from French company Avions de Transport Regional to replace its Fokkers.

Source: Yahoo News
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Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:03 pm

Following info is provided by Umar Anis (forum member umar744)

Aircraft registration: AP-BAL (photo: http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=42323)

Cockpit Crew:
Capt. Hamid Riaz Qureshi
First Officer Abrar Chughtai

Cabin Crew:
Air Hostess Tabana Jamil
Air Hostess Amira Sikander Azeem
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Post by Adnaan786 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:07 pm

How experienced were the pilots?

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Post by bravo45 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:13 pm

Any idea of weather like visibility etc? Any website with live info of weather at airports in Pakistan??

Tons of questions and anxiety, just finished listening to Geo's stream and it mentioned "one body taken via ambulance, no word on wheather the person was alive or not."
I am still praying....