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.”
Cold, dry weather to persist, rain at isolated places
ISLAMABAD: The Met office Wednesday forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country while light rain (with light snowfall over the hills) is expected at few places in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Foggy conditions are likely in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
According to the synoptic situations, a westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and may persist till next 24-36 hours.
Scattered rain (with snowfall over the hills) occurred in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during last 24 hours.
Following rainfalls were recorded in millimeters:
Punjab: Okara 40, Sargodha (City 24, A/P 15), Lahore (A/P 18, city 12), Murree 15, Gujrat 17, Islamabad (Saidpur 11, Z.P 06, IIAP 05, Bokra, Golra 03), Sialkot (A/P 10, City 001), Gujrat 09, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad, Chaklala 05), Mianwali, Chakwal 05, Layyah, Kamra 04, Narowal 03, Bhakkar 02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dir (Lower 20, upper 12), Malamjabba, Saidu Sharif 19, Mirkhani 16, Parachinar 15, Balakot 08, Pattan, Kalam 07, Drosh 06, Bannu 05, Kakul, Chitral 04, Risalpur 03, Cherat 02, Kashmir: Kotli 20, Muzaffarabad 12, Rawalakot 10, Garidupatta 06, GB: Bunji 05. Snowfall (Inch): Malamjabba 11, Murree 10, Kalam 06.
Minimum Temperatures were recorded as follow:
Ziarat -13°C, Kalat -11°C, Skardu -09°C, Quetta, Gupis -06°C, Bagrote, Kalam, Astore, Malamjabba -05°C, Murree, Dalbandin -03°C, Zhob, Hunza, Drosh, Parachinar -02°C, Nukkundi, Rawalakot, Chillas -01°C,Islamabad 04C, Peshawar 08C, Lahore 05C.
3 foreign petroleum companies awarded licenses in last five years: Senate told
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan Wednesday said three licenses were issued to foreign petroleum companies for exploration of oil and gas in the country during last five years.
Replying to a question in the Senate, the application fee for grant of a petroleum exploration license is Rs100,000 while the total amount received from them under the head of license fee is Rs300,000.
The minister in a written reply said the prices of petroleum products are determined in accordance with the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Development Levy) Ordinance, 1961, Rules 1967 thereunder, OGRA’ s Ordinance 2002 and GoP/ECC’s approved parameters as amended from time to time.
He said the oil prices are linked with international Arab Gulf market prices of petroleum products, being imported by the PSO.
Accordingly Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Refineries are allowed to fix and announce the prices at their own on monthly basis in accordance with the actual PSO landed import cost of the previous month.
In case of no imports, ex-refinery price fixed as per Import Parity Price (IPP) formula based on Arab Gulf monthly average prices published in Platts Oilgram on daily basis.
The minister said some gas development schemes were launched or approved since 2018 in the Provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by SNGPL.
He added 62 meters have been installed at subject locality like Prince Road, Phalgran, Bhara Kahu Islamabad etc. while remaining cases or applications upto January 31, 2018 are being entertained on turn or merit basis.
Govt taking consolidated steps to strengthen economy: PTI MNA
ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly (MNA) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Uzma Riaz Khan on Wednesday said that the present government was taking consolidated steps to strengthen the economy of the country.
In an interview, she congratulated Finance Minister Asad Umar for presenting reforms package (Finance Supplementary Second Amendment Bill 2019) and said the government provided maximum relief to poor people of the country through this Finance Bill.
She said this is not a mini budget, it’s a reforms package to enhance investment and export in the country adding that the people of the country have full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and our government will deliver to masses.
He said remittances growth has increased trade, deficit is shrank while exports grew in the country during last first six months of the present government.
Meanwhile, MNA Sadaqat Ali Abbasi said that the government has not imposed any tax on poor segment through this Finance Amendment Bill 2019.
He said that the government is taking steps to enhance exports while discouraging imports adding that current account deficit has decreased during last six months.