PIA plane with Junaid Jamshed onboard ‘crashed due to technical faults’

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: A final investigation into a 2016 air crash found that three technical faults caused the accident that killed all 47 onboard, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Thursday.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ATR42 aircraft smashed into a mountain in near Havelian, 50 kilometres short of its destination Islamabad, after taking off from Chitral in December 2016.

Among the passengers and crew on the Islamabad-bound flight was popular singer-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed, two Austrians, and a Chinese national.

Citing a final report from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), the authority in a statement said there were “three latent faults”.

They included the fracture of one of the engine’s power turbine blades, a broken pin and “probably pre-existing contamination” inside a propeller valve.

It said the report had the backing of all parties involved, including North American and French accident investigators.

The plane had a routine daily inspection before it flew that day, the report said, and the then PIA’s chief said the aircraft had undergone regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification in October, two months before the accident, which was meant to rule out any possibility of a technical error. ��璞F��i����8N�tI2�AKX X����jUf�hT�ت��/V3�2��#8u ���