Havelian plane crash: PHC orders CAA to submit probe report within six months

The bench remarked that contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against CAA in case of non-compliance of the court order.

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to submit the inquiry report of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane crash near Havelian within six months.

On December 7, 2016, Chitral to Islamabad bounded plane of PIA crashed near Havelian on killing 47 people – including Junaid Jamshid and Chitral deputy commissioner Chitral Usama Waraich.

A two-member bench of the PHC comprising Justice Ikram Ulah Khan and Justice Musrat Hilali issued the order while hearing the writ petition filed by former member national assembly, Shehzada Iftikhar Uddin and Adnan, brother of the plane crash victim Salman, through senior lawyer Barrister Asadul Mulk.

Iftikhar Uddin in his writ said that the CAA is not cooperating with the plane crash victim families, and despite several requests, the investigative report has been kept secret. The petitioner said that the victims’ families want to know the cause behind the horrific plane crash.

Petitioners said that CAA has told them that investigation into the plane crash will take at least one year and once the investigation completed, the families will be informed.  However, the petitioners said, so far, they’ve not been provided any details despite requests.

 The petitioners have requested the PHC to direct the respondents – CAA, PIA Federal secretary – to release the final investigation report of the crash and release the details of all persons on board.

The CAA informed the bench that the black box and some other parts of the PIA ATR Flight PK-661 have been sent abroad for investigation, which will take some time. On which the court granted agreed to grant them time.

The court after hearing the arguments of petitioners, ordered the Civil Aviation Authority to present the report before the bench within six months time. The bench directed the CAA that no further delay will be tolerated, and contempt of court proceedings will be filed against CAA, in case of non-compliance of the court order.

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