A family from Karachi has filed a damages suit against Pakistan International Airlines, its Chief Executive Officer, and the Civil Aviation Authority over an ambulift crash at Iraqi airport.
A city court in Karachi has issued notices to the defendants for recovery of Rs. 14 million in lieu of damages. The court has directed the PIA authorities to appear in the court on August 10 and explain their position. Otherwise, the case will be decided ex parte, i.e., in favor of the petitioner.
The suit has been filed by Aseem Sardar, who stated that his family had gone for a pilgrimage to Iraq and his grandmother Mrs. Nisar Fatima accompanied them. She died at the Najaf airport because of the “negligence, malfeasance and inappropriate arrangements” by the national flag carrier in June 2018.
The family argued that they traveled to Najaf via flight PK 219 from Karachi via Dubai in June 2018. They had requested a wheelchair for the grandmother. PIA denied the request after which she was placed on the ambulift along with six other people, which crashed to the ground.
Mrs. Fatima suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in Najaf. She succumbed to injuries the same day. However, the Iraqi authorities charged the deceased’s son, Sardar Ali, with her murder, as the PIA told the court that Fatima’s son Sardar Ali had taken charge of the wheelchair that fell from the ambulift.
This claim exonerated the PIA staffers while putting blame on Sardar Ali. PIA also claimed that all of the family had mounted the airlift that led to the crash, but the PIA claimed that it was offering any possible help including expenses.
As the matter is still pending before the court, there’s no surety that the allegations against the national carrier are correct. More details will be revealed once PIA’s representatives provide evidence along with their side of the story.