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A nine-member investigation team on Tuesday visited the crash site of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 near Havelian.

The team comprises of three French officials and three Canadian officials belonging to France-based aircraft manufacturer ATR and US-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. Three Pakistani officials are also part of the team visiting crash site.

The Pakistani officials are members of the Safety Investigation Board (SIB) of the Aviation Division.

The team is currently interviewing eyewitnesses of the crash and rescue teams that arrived on the site immediately after the incident.

The team will collect evidence from the site in order to investigate the cause of the crash. The evidence will be taken to Islamabad and France for examination.

PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral last week, killing all on board.

A 10-mem­ber special investigation team, headed by Group Capt Sultan and comprising high-ranking PAF and other officials, also visited the crash site last week and collected evidence from the wreckage of the plane to find causes of the accident.

PIA had earlier said both engines of the aircraft were fully operational at the time of take-off from Chitral and "some problem developed during flight".

Comments (7) Closed

Zoro Dec 13, 2016 01:18pm

Let's hope speculation and endless chatter is kept at a minimum by the electronic media until the probe is done. The airline industry as a whole is the most regulated industry and after every crash they try to learn from the mistakes made.

Masoud Dec 13, 2016 01:46pm

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex should take up the challenge to build small commercial aircraft for short hilly routes in line with Super Mushshak training aircraft. Pakistan can do it.

Deva Dec 13, 2016 01:59pm

Another area of spending. Results are never out in Pakistan.

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Dec 13, 2016 02:34pm

No hope to get any significant findings after a week. Those proofs should be collected immediately and not after one week. Possibly the weather especially the rain could have vanished all the evidences from the crash-site (if happened).

Sajid Sajjad Abbasi Dec 13, 2016 03:05pm

@Zoro Not in Pakistan

ishrat salim Dec 13, 2016 03:41pm

Never in the world any plane crash report is over within a month but takes months to make findings public. Since we have no independent autonomous regulator & safety board, people will keep on speculating unless a shut call comes up from the SAFETY BOARD, which may influence investigation.

Sukhera Dec 13, 2016 05:18pm

How many investigation teams we need to conduct the investigation. This is totally waste of money and time.