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|April 23, 2012|
Pak civil aviation authority begins check on private aircrafts after near miss in Karachi
Islamabad: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has begun inspection of all private passenger planes after a disaster was averted in Karachi following Friday’s deadly Bhoja aircrash. “The CAA launched a comprehensive inspection of airplanes being
flown by private airlines, from today,” The Express Tribune quoted CAA spokesman
Pervez George as saying. The CAA has already received a Bhoja Air plane for conducting
the so-called “shakedown” checks by engineers, he added. He refused to give any
timeline for completion of the process, and added: “it is difficult to say how
much time the inspectors will take to examine each plane and all its systems”.
“We have asked all the private airlines to reschedule their domestic and international
flights during the inspection so the passengers do not have to suffer,” he added.
The Pakistan government ordered checks on private airlines after a Shaheen Air
flight, with 178 people on board, narrowly averted disaster when its left rear
tyre burst after its landing gear broke as it touched down at the Jinnah International
Airport in Karachi . The incident took place after a Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashed
near Islamabad , killing all 127 people on board.
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