Saturday, April 21, 2012

Govt asks Bhoja Airline to decide issue of compensation to families of crash victims at earliest

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Government has asked the management of the Bhoja Airlines to decide the issue of compensation to the families of the crash victims at the earliest.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad Saturday, Director-General Civil Aviation Authority Nadeem Yusufzai said the airlines has been directed to confirm this to the CAA at the earliest.

He said an inquiry has already been ordered into the tragedy and it will be conducted as per highest international standards. He urged media and others not to speculate on the causes of the incident and wait for the conclusion of the investigations. He said CAA has modern technology to carry out investigations and black box has also been found which would be got decoded from abroad.

The DG, Civil Aviation Authority said 115 bodies have been identified and the remaining 12 would be identified through DNA tests. He said 113 bodies have been handed over to the heirs. The dead bodies are being sent to their native cities free of cost.

Replying to a question he dispelled reports that the license to Bhoja airlines for resumption of its operations was given under any political pressure.

He said the ill-fated aircraft made last contact with the control tower at 06.45 p.m. and at that moment it was at a distance of six kilometer from the airport.

To a question he said weather warning was issued but it was not as severe to warrant closure of air fields. He said he himself heard from the voice record the conversation of the captains of the aircraft with the control tower which shows everything was usual till the last contact.

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