Deadliest plane crash in Pakistan’s history occurred 11 years ago today
Eleven years have passed since the Airblue plane crash incident in Islamabad.
The ill-fated Airblue plane (Airbus A321-231) crashed in the hills of Margalla on July 28, 2010, killing 146 passengers and six crew members. This is the deadliest plane crash accident in Pakistan’s history.
Air Blue Flight A321 flew from Karachi Airport to Benazir Bhutto International Islamabad Airport but due to heavy rain and clouds, the ill-fated plane crashed in the hills of Margalla.
The airline had announced one million rupees and the federal government half a million rupees for each victim as compensation.
A seven-member investigation team was formed under the chairmanship of Air Commodore Khawaja M. Majeed, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Safety Investigation Board. ۔
The investigation report of the crash was made public by Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan in a press conference along with the report of the Karachi plane crash 10 years later.
Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had told the Parliament that the Air Blue plane crash in 2010, the Bhoja plane crash in 2012 and the PIA plane crash were due to the fault of the pilots and cockpit crew.
The report revealed, “Aircrew failed to display superior judgment and professional skills in a self-created unsafe environment. In their pursuit to land in inclement weather, they committed serious violations of procedures and breaches of flying discipline, which put the aircraft in an unsafe condition over dangerous terrain at low altitude.”
The pilots were unsure of their geographical position and did not seek Radar help. The consequent loss of situational awareness caused the aircraft to go astray, read the report.
In memory of the martyrs, Air Blue had built a memorial near Daman e Koh and trees had been planted in Margalla Hills in memory of the deceased.