On 20 April 2012, approx 18:40 pm, Flight 213 lost the contact with control tower, a Boeing 737-200 (AP-BKC), Bhoja Air Flight 213 carrying 127 people on a flight from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport destined for Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport crashed near Chaklala killing all on board. Pakistani Defence Ministry officials believe that the plane crashed into a remote residential area. There were also bad weather conditions, with lightning and rain pouring at the time of landing. Eye-witness reports say that the aircraft was already on fire on its landing approach before it crashed.Initial reports suggest that as the pilots of Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 attempted to land amidst rain and strong winds, the unlucky aircraft might have flown into an unexpected wind shear that possibly smashed it on the ground below. The aircraft had been retired by Shaheen Air, due to not having sufficient Engine thrust power, which led this plane to be grounded just a month back the same plane acquired and placed in service by Bhoja Air in March 2012.
The MD of Bhoja Air is the same person, who was CEO of Shaheen Air, CAA officials knowing that plane is grounded due to technical reasons, even than it was given clearance which shows the irresponsibility of the CAA Department, Control Tower lost the contact with the plane but, before that ATC could have warned the plane not to permit it to land and redirect it to Lahore or any other destination which Air Traffic Control did not and given clearance to the plane to land. One of the Technical reason which hasn’t been corrected by ATC is International Landing System (ILS) Still at Benazir Bhutto International Airport they are using ILS 300 which is not good as ILS 0. The ILS 300 means until the plane is not in radius of 300 meters of the ILS plane is not engaged with ATC 100 percent. When are they going to correct their own irresponsible technical issues, I just wonder why CAA and ATC is involved in not just Bhoja Air but 20 months back Air Blue Flight which took lives of 166 Passengers.
Through out the Europe and United States, Boeing 737-200 is outdated, Banned and even The Boeing Company does not provide any technical assistance nor parts for these Air Crafts models, but still these 737-200 are in the Fleet of Domestic Airlines like : Air Blue and Bhoja Air. With in 2 Years this is the second incident which has happened neither ILS been upgraded to make Landing Safer, There is no Emergency Setup at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Air Traffic Control officials been held questionable nor Civil Aviation Authorities is doing well indeed. The Corruption is working well in the Air too. Such a shame for Government for careless and keep repeating mistakes.
Giving a clearance to grounded outdated,Banned Air Crafts is a big questions on Responsible Officials, Specially to Pakistani People I would request them not to take flights specially Air Blue and Bhoja Air because their Planes are totally risky and both airlines has crashed in Capital, Islamabad.
I gathered more information about the weakness irresponsibilities of Bhoja Airs, Civil Aviation Authority and Air Traffic Control Which I would like to share only with reasonable person who can do something about the violation which constantly they are repeating no body is following rules and regulations here in Pakistan, contact me by email email@example.com .
April 22, 2012