An investigation board formed to probe the reasons for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-661’s crash has blamed the airlines’ maintenance department for the deadly accident.
Investigation board’s report surfaced on media on Friday morning where the reasons for the plane crash are mentioned.
In December 2016, the ill-fated PK-661, en route to Islamabad from Chitral, crashed near Havelian due to a technical fault. All 47 people aboard, including renowned religious scholar Junaid Jamshed and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chitral Usama Warraich, died in the accident.
The report explains that the plane lost its power turbine blade during the flight due to which one of the two engines stopped working.
It stated that PIA’s maintenance department was due to change the blades as they had completed 10,000 hours of usage. The negligence of the maintenance department caused the accident, the report said.
The report also suggested that the national flag-carrier should hold an audit of the airlines.
The investigation report also urged PIA to strictly follow the rules regarding aircrafts’ maintenance and be very careful in the future to avoid such mishaps.