PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday termed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) inquiry report about the Airblue crash in which all 146 passengers and six crewmembers were killed on July 28 last year, as inconclusive and incomplete and directed the federal government to constitute a high level board of inquiry for a fresh probe.
A two-member bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth stated in the order that the 38-page CAA inquiry report about the Airblue crash in the Margalla Hills in Islamabad submitted to the court on December 20, 2011 was incomplete and inconclusive in several aspects that were mandatory for the inquiry.
The bench directed the federal government to constitute a high level board of inquiry of related experts, even from foreign countries if need be, and conduct fresh inquiry on the pattern of international guidelines.
It directed that the findings of the CAA inquiry be revisited and the report be completed within three months. The first inquiry had held inclement weather and the pilot of the plane responsible for the crash.
Former Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid MNA Marvi Memon along with the crash victims’ families had moved the Peshawar High Court with the request that the federal government be directed to constitute an independent board of inquiry to determine and make public the cause of crash.
To examine the present condition of aircraft of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and their fitness for flying on domestic and international routes, the bench through its detailed order directed the federal government to hire a team of foreign experts to examine condition of the national airlines under the International Civil Aviation Organisation.