Civil Aviation Authority stops PIA’s three faulty aircrafts

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 10:48:43 by

In quite a wise decision, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has prevented three PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) aircraft including two Boeing 77s and one 737-300 from flying after finding faults in them.

Public Relations Manager of the CAA, Pervez George, while speaking to the media observed, “Two of the planes were prevented from taking off during inspection on Wednesday while another was stopped on Tuesday”.

Due to some problems in its engine, the Karachi-bound PK 341, a Boeing 737-300 plane, was prevented from taking off at the Faisalabad airport on Wednesday.

The Public Relations Manager asserted, “It is still being looked at by engineers who were flown to Faisalabad from Karachi on an Airbus while passengers of the grounded plane came to Karachi on the Airbus’s return trip to the city”.

In the meantime, another flight of the national-flag carrier, a Boeing 777 with AP-BGL as its registration, going to Oslo from Lahore was stopped from taking off on Wednesday morning after the discovery of some technical defects.

George said, “The plane was checked again by CAA inspectors after PIA engineers took care of the problem. The flight was then allowed to leave for its destination after a four-hour delay”.

Earlier on Tuesday, another Boeing 777 going to Barcelona was stopped by inspectors due to dents on its outer body found near the engines. In his view, the plane is still being worked on by the engineers as it stands in Karachi. He, however, said it is yet to satisfy CAA inspectors.

Following the recent Bhoja Air crash in which all 127 people on board lost their lives, the CAA is working hard to ensure safe air travel.

The PRO note, “CAA Director General Nadeem Khan Yousufzai on the directive of Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar has ordered the Civil Aviation worthiness inspectors to be extremely strict and thorough in their routine, random and shakedown inspections”.

In his view, although the ruling was to check all private airlines, it doesn’t leave out the national flag carrier.

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