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Havelian crash: SIB blames PIA maintenance dept 

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ISLAMABAD: The Safety Investigation Board (SIB) of Pakistan today blamed in its report to the maintenance department of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for the crash of PK-661 in Havelian.
The SIB was given the tasked to probe into the PIA plane crash near Havilian in 2016 has compiled a preliminary report that pointed out the maintenance lapse would be the possible cause of the incident and giving some immediate suggestions and recommendations to avoid such incidents in future.
The PIA plane (PK-661) with 48 people, including noted figure Junaid Jamshed, his wife, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich, on board had crashed in Saddha Batolni village near Havelian.
The report, titled Immediate Safety Recommendations, states that the investigation into the crash is heading towards a concluding stage, however, some important findings of technical nature require the immediate attention of the authorities concerned.
“Sequence of events was initiated with dislodging of one blade of Power Turbine Stage (PT-1), inside Engine No 1 (left side engine) due to fatigue. This dislodging of one blade resulted in in-flight engine shut down, and it contributed towards erratic/ abnormal behavior of NO 1 Propeller,” reads the report.
According to a Service Bulletin,” these turbines blades were to be changed after completion of 10,000 hours, on immediate next maintenance opportunity. The said engine was under maintenance on 11 Nov 2016, at that time these blades had completed 10004 hours (due for a change). This activity should have been undertaken at that time, but it was missed out by the concerned.”
It states that the aircraft flew approximately 93 hours after the above-mentioned maintenance activity before it crashed on Dec 7. “Missing out of such activity highlights a lapse on the part of PIAC (Maintenance and Quality Assurance) as well as a possible in-adequacy/lack of oversight by PCAA [Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority].”
The board in light of the above-mentioned observations recommended the national flag carrier to “ensure immediate implementation of the Service Bulletin in letter and spirit on the entire fleet of ATR aircrafts, undertake an audit of the related areas of maintenance practices, ascertain root cause(S) for the said lapse, and adopt appropriate corrective measures to avoid recurrence.”
“PCAA is to evaluate its oversight mechanism for its adequacy to discover lapses and intervene in a proactive manner, ascertain shortfall(s) and undertake necessary improvements.”

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COAS Bajwa arrives in London on official trip

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LONDON: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in London today on an official visit, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.

The COAS is scheduled to meet senior civil and armed forces leadership of England on the trip.

The trip will underscore matters pertaining to Defence, Security and Geo Strategic situation of the region.

The discussion will also take place on bilateral relations between the two countries especially matters related to mutual security and strategic interests, the ISPR said.

 

 

 

 

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Pakistani writers, poets’ delegation visits Beijing, Tianjin

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BEIJING: A four-member delegation led by Director General, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Dr. Rashid Hameed is currently visiting China to further enhance cooperation in the field culture and literature between the two countries.

The delegation arrived here on the invitation of Chinese Writers Association also included renowned poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr. Abdul Karim Soomro, and Ms. Bushra Farrukh.

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid in a meeting held at the Pakistan Embassy Beijing briefed the delegation about Pakistan-China relations and highlighted that both countries were enhancing cooperation in the fields of arts, broadcasting, films, publications, sports, museums, people-to-people exchanges and cultural linkages.

He said that an exhibition of original artifacts from Pakistan representing Gandhara Civilization was on display at the National Museum of China, Beijing.

Ambassador Khalid informed the delegation that publishing houses in Pakistan and China were being encouraged to translate and print literary classics so that the people of the two countries can appreciate each other’s rich culture.

The delegation members briefed the Ambassador about their visit to China stating that they would continue to project the culture and literature of Pakistan through their cooperation with Chinese Writers Association and academics.

During their visit, the delegation would meet the Chinese writers association and academics in Beijing and Tianjin.

They would also visit the famous cultural and historic sites in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the National Museum of China.

It may be mentioned here that the cooperation between the Pakistan Academy of Letters and Writers Association of China is under the Executive Programme of the Cultural Cooperation Agreement which was signed between the two countries in February 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Qatar Emir visits Pakistan tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD: Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will reach Pakistan on Saturday evening on two-day visit.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will receive the royal guest at airport.

Emir of Qatar will visit the Prime Minister House where he will be presented guard of honour at the PM House.

President Dr Arif Alvi will host a luncheon in the honour of Qatari guests on Sunday.

Qatar is expected to sign investment deals of around $22 billion in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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