Pakistan’s air safety questioned after crash

All 47 on board PIA flight killed including pop star
Pakistan’s poor air safety record is in the spotlight again after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ATR-42 twin-engine propeller plane crashed near Abbottabad en route from Chitral to Islamabad, killing all 47 people on board.
There were three pilots on board including a trainee, who is not believed to have been at the controls at the time of the accident.
During the flight, a pilot made a mayday call saying one of the two engines had stopped. But “we were confident the plane could land with one working engine,” Azam Saigol, PIA’s chairman, said.
“This is a tragedy. We are not absolving ourselves of any connection to this incident.”
The airline was quick to say it would give 500,000 rupees ($5,000) in cash to the families of the victims to meet funeral expenses and pledged further compensation.
Since it launched services 70 years ago, seven Pakistan International Airlines have crashed. Flight PK 661 was carrying 42 passengers and five crew when it hit mountains near Abbottabad.
Among the passengers was pop star-turned-religious artist Junaid Jamshed. Famous in the 1980s with Pakistani pop band Vital Signs and later as a solo singer, Jamshed then focused on religious music. In his last tweet, on Sunday, he showed pictures of the landscape around Chitral, calling it Heaven on Earth.

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