PIA to conduct transparent inquiry into plane crash incident: CEO Arshad Malik

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Kaleem Khan Kakar Penaezai

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik has vowed that a transport inquiry will be conducted and the affected families will be given accurate information regarding the incident.

The PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik, while addressing a press conference in Karachi, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the plane crash incident.

He said that the airline has lost its front line warriors and the cabin crew gave sacrifices of their lives. He added that all persons deceased in the plane accidents were ‘martyrs’.

The chief executive officer said that all certification of the crashed plane was complete. The plane, PK-8303, was fully prepared to take flight on technical grounds.

He said that a thorough investigation is the only way to ascertain the facts behind the plane crash.

“We have cleared the airport hotels to allow the affected families to stay over there as the rescue operation will need two to three more day to be completed. We have offered the affected families to arrive in the airport hotels. I am appealing the citizens to not pay attention to the rumours.”

“The dead bodies of 19 martyrs were present in Jinnah Hospital and 22 in other hospitals,” said PIA CEO.

“The pilot had attempted to land at the airport but landing gear was not opening. The plane was crashed when the pilot made another attempt to land the aircraft. I am unaware of details about the survivors excluding Zafar Masood.” He announced that the incident will be investigated by the internationally certified experts in Pakistan in order to get accurate details.

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