The News – Plane crash: PIA grounds all 10 ATR aircrafts; Chitral, Gilgit operations suspended

Karachi, 12 December 2016. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has grounded the whole fleet of ATR aircrafts till the ‘examination is completed’, the spokesman said on Sunday.

The statement stated: “In view of Civil Aviation Authority’s decision of holding shakedown tests of PIA’s entire ATR fleet, it has been decided to keep all 10 ATR aircrafts grounded till they are cleared after thorough examination”.

Temporary suspension of ATR operation will particularly effect PIA’s flight operation to smaller airports like Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur, Moenjodaro, Zhob, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Chitral and Gilgit.

The passengers of the northern areas will be particularly affected due to the suspension of operations as the land routes to these areas are closed in winter season.

A PIA ATR plane crashed last week just before landing at the Islamabad airport killing all 47 onboard including renowned preacher Junaid Jamshed and DC Chitral Osama Warraich.

The investigations are underway into the incident.


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