Fri, Jul 14, 2006
Government Heeds Pilots' Requests
No Fokker aircraft are allowed to
carry passengers in Pakistan -- for now. That's the decision of the
Pakistani cabinet after the crash of a Pakistan International
Airlines F-27 near Lahore this week.
As Aero-News reported, all 45
people on board that aircraft were killed when it went down shortly
after take-off. So far... there's no indication why the twin
turboprop crashed -- there was no communication between the flight
crew and controllers before the crash. Both flight recorders have
been recovered and are now being analyzed.
Immediately after the accident, PIA pilots called for the
remaining six F-27s in the company's fleet to be grounded... a move
the company refused. It's now apparently been overruled by the
government. All six surviving aircraft were used on rather busy
The Pakistan Times reports C-130s and Boeing 737s will be used
on those routes until the airline takes delivery on several new
ATR-42s sometime in the near future.
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