PIA Flight 688
Pakistan International Fokker F27 similar to the one that crashed
|Date||10 July 2006|
|Summary||Engine failure which lead to pilot error|
|Aircraft type||Fokker F27|
|Operator||Pakistan International Airlines|
|Flight origin||Multan International Airport, Multan|
|Destination||Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore|
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight 688 (PK688, PIA688) was a Fokker F27, operated by Pakistan's flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines scheduled to operate as a domestic passenger flight from Multan to Lahore and Islamabad. At 12:05 pm on 10 July 2006. It crashed into a field after one of its two engines failed shortly before takeoff from Multan International Airport. All 41 passengers and four crewmembers on board were killed.
PK688 remains as the deadliest plane crash in Pakistan until it was surpassed in 2010, 4 years later when an Airbus A321 flew into Margalla Hills in Islamabad while on approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport which later become the deadliest in Pakistan to date. As of December 2015, PK688 remains as the third deadliest aviation disaster in Pakistan, just behind Bhoja Air Flight 213 and Airblue Flight 202.
Final report published by Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority revealed that the Fokker F27 engines, one of its 40 years old engines, encountered problem shortly after take-off. Flight crews should be able to fly just with one engine and made a safe emergency landing. However, the pilots got confused. The Fokker later spiraled down and crashed.
The victims included Asmatullah Khan (Manager Legal Services) of Pakistan International Airlines, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Bhatti and Justice Nazir Ahmed Siddiqui, who served on the Lahore High Court. Three military personnel, Vice-Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naseer Khan, Prof. Dr. Abdul Rauf Sheikh, Professor department of Urdu at Bahauddin Zakariya University, internationally renowned Pakistani Neurosurgeon Prof. Iftikhar Ali Raja and eight women, including two flight attendants and three doctors, were also among those killed. One of the flight attendants was pulled out alive, but later died. According to the Daily Jang Lahore newspaper, no one was pulled alive from the plane.
The plane lost contact with the Multan International Airport control tower two minutes after takeoff. The aircraft hit an electric power line before crashing into a wheat field. The cause of the crash was the loss of power from the No. 2 engine.
A special investigation team has been assembled by PIA that announced they will compile a report about the crash within a week of the accident. At the same time, the Air League of PIA Employees Union has charged the PIA administration with responsibility for the crash. They argue that the airline operated flights with too few crew members, promoted incompetent officials, and carried out substandard overhaul work on aircraft, among other flaws.
Following this incident, all PIA Fokker aircraft were withdrawn from service and replaced with ATR aircraft. Mr. Muhammad Umer Draz Awan, the district manager of Faisalabad immediately visited the site and took control of the area until the managing director of PIA reached the site.
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