There have been many deadly air accidents occurred in air travel history of Pakistan and dozens of people have lost their lives in them.
There are some air accidents in the history of the country which have not been forgotten even after many years.
May 22 brought similar bad news for Pakistan when a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane en route from Lahore, the capital of Punjab, to Karachi, the capital of Sindh, crashed due to a technical glitch.
But even before this incident, there have been several air accidents in Pakistan, which are briefly reviewed in this article.
Latest Accident – May 22, 2020
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane en route to Karachi from Lahore crashed in a residential area near Karachi Airport.
PIA spokesman Abdul Sattar confirmed the incident and said the A-320 had 90 passengers on board coming from Lahore to Karachi.
Footage released shortly after the incident showed smoke billowing from the crash site.
The first plane crash
The first air crash in Pakistan’s history took place abroad on May 20, 1965. The PIA flight number 705 Boeing 720 was on the inaugural route from Cairo to London. The plane crashed while landing at Cairo Airport. The crash killed 124 people, including 22 journalists.
August 6, 1970
The second was the Fokker plane F27, which took off from Islamabad Airport on August 6, 1970, crashed 11 miles from Rawalpindi. All 30 people were killed in the crash.
On December 8, 1972, Fokker F27 (Flight No. 631) crashed near Rawalpindi after taking off from Islamabad. Twenty-six passengers on board were killed.
The pilgrims’ plane caught fire
On November 26, 1979, PIA’s Boeing 707 Flight 740 was returning home from Jeddah Airport carrying pilgrims when the plane caught fire near Taif, killing 115 passengers and 11 crew members. People died on the spot.
Fokker plane crash
On October 23, 1986, PIA’s Fokker F27 crashed near Peshawar. Thirteen of the 54 people on board were killed.
President and military leadership killed
On August 17, 1988, a US-made Hercules C-130 military plane crashed near Bahawalpur, killing the then army chief and President General Zia-ul-Haq, 30 other military generals and the US ambassador.
The bodies could not be found even after years
On August 25, 1989, PIA’s Fokker PK-404 went missing in the snow-capped mountains near Gilgit. 21 years later, the wreckage and bodies have not been found. 73 rescue missions have been conducted which have failed.
The biggest accident abroad
On September 28, 1992, PIA’s Airbus A300 Flight 268 crashed into a cloud-covered mountain just minutes from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. 155 passengers, including 12 crew members, were killed.
The crash was caused by a plane flying about 1,600 feet below a set altitude. It was the largest passenger plane crash in overseas in Pakistan’s history.
Pakistan Air Force chief killed
Pakistan Air Force Fokker F27 crashed near Kohat due to fog, killing Pakistan Air Force chief Mushaf Ali Mir, his wife and 15 others.
Plane crashes in Arabian Sea
A chartered ship carrying four Afghan officials including Juma Mohammad Mohammadi, Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines and Industries and senior Chinese mining officials crashed in the Arabian Sea near Karachi.
41 passengers killed
On July 10, 2006, PIA’s Fokker F27 Flight 688 crashed into a wheat field near Multan ten minutes after taking off. The Lahore-bound flight killed 41 passengers besides four crew members. The cause of the accident was said to be a technical fault.
Destruction in the hills of Margalla
On July 28, 2010, a private airliner, Airbus A321, crashed in the hills at Margalla, northeast near Islamabad.
All 152 people, including six crew members, were killed in the flight from Karachi.
April 20, 2012
On April 20, 2012, Pakistan’s Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashed on its way from Karachi to Islamabad. The crash killed 121 passengers and six crew members.
Death of foreign ambassadors
A Pakistan Army helicopter crashed in the Gilgit Valley, killing eight people, including the ambassadors of Norway, the Philippines and Indonesia, and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors, and setting a school building on fire in the valley. Was taken.
December 07, 2016
Four years ago, in December 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane en route from Chitral to Islamabad crashed near Havelian, killing 48 people, including the crew.
Prominent Naat Khwan and former singer Junaid Jamshed was among those killed.
The crash was being called the deadliest in the last four years.
July 30, 2019
On July 30 last year, a Pakistan Army plane crashed in the Mohra Kalu area of Rawalpindi, killing 17 people, including two military officers and five crew members.
According to a statement issued by Military media wing, ISPR, the Pakistan Army Aviation plane was on a training flight when it crashed in Mohra Kalu, an urban area in Rawalpindi, 5 crew members including 2 pilots were martyred in the plane crash.
There have been several incidents of military and training aircraft crashes in Pakistan, but 2 to 5 people have been killed in such accidents.
Apart from Pakistan, air accidents also happen in other countries of the world and usually there are incidents of plane crashes due to technical malfunction or bad weather.