A final investigation into a 2016 plane crash in Pakistan found that three technical failures caused the accident that killed all 47 on board, the country’s civil aviation authority said Thursday.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ATR42 aircraft hit a mountain in the northwestern city of Havelian 50 km from its destination Islamabad after taking off from the northern Chitral region in December 2016.
The crash killed everyone on board, including Junaid Jamshed, a famous rock star who became a Muslim evangelist.
Citing a final report by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement saying there were “three latent errors”.
These included a break in one of the engine’s turbine blades, a broken pin, and “likely pre-existing debris” in a propeller valve.
The report was supported by all parties, including the North American and French accident investigators.
The plane had a routine daily inspection before it flew that day, the report said, and the then PIA chief said the plane had undergone regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification, two months before the intended accident to rule out the possibility of a technical error in October.
With a cumulative loss of 400 billion rupees ($ 2.50 billion), the PIA received permission this week to reduce its workforce by a third.
The airline’s crisis was exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel as well as a scandal surrounding fake pilot IDs.
The national airline was banned from flying to Europe and the US after the Pakistani civil aviation regulator named dozens of pilots with allegedly dubious licenses.
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