The United Nations has launched an appeal for donation to meet immediate need for, shelter and health services in flood effected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Nearly five million Pakistanis have been hit by floods that have claimed more than 450 lives, ruined tens of thousands of houses, damaged vast swathes of crops and left hundreds of thousands living camps.
According to a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs in some areas people stranded in flood waters are still being rescued by boats to safe places thou it has been more than 1 and a half month. The World Food Programme,which has built up its emergency response capacity with all the necessary logistical and communication support, said on Friday that it still needed contributions from international donors, with a total goal of 29 Million us dollars, including 6.5 million US dollars for mailing , fortifying , transporting and distributing wheat donated by the governments of Balochistan and Sindh, two of the provinces most effected.
For the third consecutive year, severe monsoon flooding has delivered a crippling blow to million of people already suffering from high food prices, malnutrition and poverty, according to WFP
In the five worst affected districts of Sindh and Balochistan between 1.2 million and 1.2 million people are estimated to be in need off immediate food assistance.
Once again, there have been heavy losses of livestock, food stock and seeds. The Food relief agency said in a media update, with huge areas of land still under up to 2.3 metres of water, the prospects for planting the upcoming Rabi crop sown in winter look remote in the affected areas. It will be several months before families are able to resume their normal lives and livelihoods.
In the Mean time, hundreds of thousands of people are living in temprorary camps or simply under rapaulins on the roadside where they can do little but wait for the waters to subside. At the request of PAkistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, the WFP has distributed a one month ration to some 140,000 people in sindh and balochistan and preparations are under way to provide a one month ration for 1.2 million people, followed by two one-month rations for 700,000 of the severely food insecure.
The agency noted the fact that one month the rains, the water are still so deep and covering such a large areas indicates that the suffering of the victims is likely to continue for many weeks to come ahead. Satellite imagery and reports from the field show that flood water is still present in parts of Kashmore , Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Nasirabad districts in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, occupying 3,800 square kilometers.
The government has pledged 91 million dollars to the monsoon floods response and it may also provide in kind grain. Yet UN seeks for International donors to consider this issue and donate to prevent possible losses of lives and affected people could survive, till water subside.
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 CAA officials knew that the plane is grounded due to technical faults, The Engine of this Boeing 737-200 had Thrust Combustion Issue, Even than it was given the clearance which shows how irresponsible Civil Aviation Authority is, Control Tower lost the contact with the plane but, before that Air Traffic Controlcould have warned the pilot of the flight 213 not to
Bhoja Aircraft which crashed
land and divert the flight to Lahore, which would have saved the lives of 127 People, Air Traffic Control did not made any attempt knowing that the weather is not suitable to land since ATC received twice warning from Metrologies Department that Cloudy and Winds from North are not suitable for allowing Flights to Land or Take off, Metrologies Department, First gave the warning at 1500 PST and revised it at 1800 PST, Officials at Air Traffic Control were aware of the weather situation while Flight 213 was getting closer to make a final approach, ATC given the permission to land, which we all seen and know that Flight 213 Landing gear was down means wheels were out before eye witness said “ they saw flames of fire falling down
“ Mid Air Explosion “
Now lets go point to point and see how it happened.
1. Meteorologist Department Informed Air Traffic Control at 1500 PST, That weather is not sufficient to land or to take off.
( Weather Warning 1500 PST to ATC Islamabad AirPort )
2. Meteorologist Department revised again given the same weather warning at 1800 PST that weather is not suitable for next an hour but ATC did not follow instruction Some Flights Took off and Authorized to land ( Ignored the Weather Warning )
3. Flight 213 must have been informed about Weather Warning is not suitable to land, ATC Ignored the warning and given clearance, authorized Flight 213 to land, That’s when Pilot turned Landing Gear DOWN. “ Means Wheels Open “
4. Pilot of Flight 213 and Control Tower Ignored weather warning did not told the Pilot to divert the flight route toLahore.
5. Flight 213 ignored the warning because in various conditions Pilots are experienced to land. And beside it private airlines save the fuel charges by not diverting.
6. It is obvious that the clearance was given to land because The Landing Gear were Down, means Aircraft is hardly 250kmph or 170 knots and constantly slowing down to make proper landing approach.
7. Particularly this aircraft was grounded was almost 10 years by Shaheen Air due to Technical Fault ” Engine Thrust ” It is important to have balanced thrust engine power when landing specially in bad weather condition.
8. Since it was ignored the Technical Fault by CAA and ATC given the clearance, Flight 213 was coming in direction of RUNWAY
9. In Islamabad ” ATC is still using old system ” ILS300 ” Instrument Landing System 300 means Aircraft should be in range of 300 meters to be fully engaged, which this aircraft wasn’t, after being engaged with ILS300 Radars and Aircraft’s instruments do the final adjustments to make easier and safer approach.
0. At 1840 PST Flight 213 went down, eye witness said flame of the fireball came down “mid air explosion ” it would be stupidity to believe lighting struck, but it caught in easy term The Air Pocket, which made the plane STALL jammed and with in no time it lost the altitude, Pilot tried to increase thrust power ” because engine which I saw on the TV looked like had been through a hard time before being crashed. (Plane gets out of control only when it STALLS) due to very slow flaps 20, Rest the wind from the north played it’s part to bring it down, in seconds perhaps it would have been able to recover MAYBE if the thrust were fine but before this it is ATC Officials who authorized this plane to land.
Many People have this thing on their mind that Aircraft was Old, well tell you the truth It doesn’t matter, what matters is the maintenance which CAA checks approves it before it gets back for the service. There is no Emergency Setup forget the word Proper but no at all at theBenazirBhuttoInternationalAirport, Air Traffic Control officials should be held questionable as well as Civil Aviation Authorities for showing ignorance and irresponsibility.
One of the worst thing which I saw, a day after Shaheen Air’s 2 Aircrafts were almost repeating the same, one at the time of landing and other one at the time of fuel filling, President ordered to inspect all the private Airline’s Fleet. They been grounded for 4 days, eventually what happened, did they came up on Media and told people which one was defective? Why would they when The Corruption is working well in the Air too. Such a shame for Government for careless and keep repeating mistakes.
The History Of Bhoja Air.
On7 November 1993, Bhoja Air started operations on domestic routes betweenKarachi,LahoreandQuettawith a dry leased Boeing 737-200. It was registered inPakistanmaking Bhoja the first private airline in the country to operate a Western manufactured aircraft. Bhoja Air is a privately owned airline of the Bhoja Group of Companies with its head office at Shahrah–e-Liaquat,Karachiand corporate offices at KDA Scheme No 1. In 1996, it signed a deal with the handling agent group OGDENS with complete ground handling equipment atKarachi, capable of handling Boeing 747s. In the same year another sister company, Pakistan Aviators and Aviation located atAllamaIqbalInternationalAirport,Lahorewas purchased[by whom?], along with a hotel for passenger stop-overs.
On24 January 1998Bhoja Air commenced international flights fromKarachitoDubai. Later, Bhoja Air operated flights to the U.A.E from all major cities ofPakistan. However due to financial difficulties, Bhoja Air suspended its operations in 2000, although its airline licence issued by CAA – Pakistan remained valid and it maintained a fully functional headquarters office in Karachi and a flight ops and ramp office at Karachi Jinnah International.
M. Farouk Omar Bhoja is the non-executive Chairman of the airline and has a 5% shareholding in the entity; Zeeshan M. Karimi and Mazahir Hassan hold 7.5% each; and the remaining controlling interest is held by Arshad Jalil and his family.
Head Office Address
TEL : 92 21 2620750
FAX : 92 21 2625995
Cell : 92 300 8214565
Commenced operations7 November 1993
Ceased operations 2000 (Pre relaunch)
6 March 2012(Relaunch)
Criteria by CAA which any Private airline maintain strictly, or else disqualified.
ACQUISITION OF AIRCRAFT
The operator shall have minimum three aircraft registered inPakistanto avoid inconvenience to the traveling public.
For operations withPakistanregistered aircraft, Airworthiness Directorate will issue the Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Airworthiness. ( DG CAA did not told Certificate of Airworthiness was issued again or not )
For maintenance and certification of aircraft, Director Airworthiness may be consulted for guidance on applicable requirements and procedures.
Wet lease aircraft induction from foreign countries would be allowed only in an extra-ordinary circumstances i.e. unforeseen surge in the market demand or sudden shortage of the operator’s capacity due accident / incident of aircraft. Wet lease permission of foreign registered aircraft shall not be more than 90 days unless satisfied the Director General CAA.
For foreign registered aircraft, a transfer agreement between the State of Registry and State of Operator is required to be concluded (before the commercial agreement between the lessor and lessee operator) under Article 83 (bis) of the Chicago Convention read with Civil Aviation Rule 368-A. The “Author and OPI” for the transfer agreement will be the Chief Legal Services, CAA.
Well I searched and I found The Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation – But Guess what There is no Rule 368-A in Article (bis)
Renewal of the License by CAA
RENEWAL OF RPT (AIRLINE) LICENCE
The License holder (Licensee) shall apply to the Director Air Transport, HQ CAA,Karachion the Company Letterhead application Form where applicable for renewal with appropriate Licence renewal fee as per AT FEE SCHEDULE at least 45 days before expiry of the license. In case of failure, the holder, in addition to the normal fee shall pay surcharge Rs 20,000/- per month or part thereof. In case of receipt of application for renewal after expiry of the license, no waiver or extension to the license shall be granted until approval of the Competent Authority i.e. Federal Government is being sought or waiver/extension granted by the DG CAA in the National and General Public interest.
On receipt of the application, Air Transport Directorate shall seek comments / no objection of the CAA specialist directorates i.e. Finance, Flight Standards and Airworthiness and if applicable / required of Legal directorate.
If there are any CAA outstanding (aeronautical / non – aeronautical) dues against the licencee/operator or any other objections, the licencee should clear the same before renewal of the license unless agreed by the Director General CAA or the Federal Government.
On receipt of the no objection of the concerned directorates, approval of the Director General shall be sought and the matter shall be referred to the Federal Government for approval.
On receipt of the approval of the Federal Government, the license shall be renewed by the Air Transport Directorate.
The question is now is it only Bhoja’s mistake or CAA too? Why ATC ignored the Weather Warning and We haven’t heard that any initiative taken against ATC Officials. If we really want to fix these issues, these questions needs to be answered without it no Aircraft no matter Bhoja or PIA is not safe in Pakistani Territory. There should be Independent Teams to Investigate the crash of Flight 213. There should be International Aviation Team of Inspection called to certify these aircrafts including PIA. People of this nation don’t trust Government and the way DG CAA gave the press statement showed me how responsible person he is. We must demand what is fair, we are not asking to bring US Marines but Independent International Team of Aviation Experts to Inspect so we know are we going to reach the other side safely or…….
I personally don’t believe in luck at all, because if something has had to happen it happens, till that time we all are unaware of it, so the concept of the luck or lady luck. It is clearly mentioned in the Holy Bible and Holy Quran, ” There is a time and place for everything and for everyone”, than why say that Hey! Today is your lucky day, concerning the same Luck, there’s coincident this is second thing i disagree with, there is no such thing as coincident, as I said previously if it had to happen it will. sometimes in usual talks people talk about Luck and coincident not knowing there is difference between The Fate and The Destiny, we cannot change our Fate, but surely our minds are powerful that we can control our destiny.
Lady Luck dancing on my side, means everything is going in your favor, so people believe in something blindly not knowing, at least the point I am trying to convey is from Holy Books, I have reference to believe there is no such thing. Life is weird itself, from the day we born till the day we die, strange experiences, knowing and understanding finally we gave the word Knowledge. Wisdom is now very rear which requires Experience, knowledge and Patience, which people don’t have. Like some people read books or on the blog for knowing and understanding and some read to pass their time. one finds time precious involving himself in gaining more knowledge and other one don’t know how to cross over timeline hours , days , months, so choose to read rather than he/she start talking to him/her self.
Luck is all about timing, nothing else. So Do you Believe In Luck? cause I don’t …
as Mayan calender will end, most of the prophesies are related to the end of the world, even if NASA scientists and others around the globe as figured out what will happened on 21st , December,2012, still no clear evidence has been shown or discussed with people. It’s like we are not quite aware of it, I have seen many documentaries and read about it, one thing I can confirm you that ” It’s not Galactic Change ” our planet earth has crossed it millions years back which is now in upper level of Galactic, for our solar system it will stay in same way for next 6 millions years before it goes down, So this is not the end of the world at all. As this date is getting closer we are witnessing climate changes, flood, rain falls, Tsunami’s , volcano’s , etc… As these changes are linked with shifting of poles, which is possible North and south poles will change their positions, as it will happen, the Ice will melt and raise the water level, which is the danger sign for many cities near sea.
Earth is already in a tilt position and the mass of the earth is not fixed, by this pole shifting scientist are not warning those countries which may get effected more than others, such as ” Canada , New Zeland, Australia , Japan , Finland , Russia , South Africa , United Kindom and United states of America. Because right at this moment no scientist can say how and where pole shifting will stop, keep that in mind after pole shifting or while shifting of the poles, GPS Navigation will not work, because current calculation are based on present position, once poles shifted scientist will have to re-figure entire GPS Navigation system which will cause interruption to all the things linked with it, including satellites. After researching I came onto this conclusion that water level in ocean will rise which will cause major destruction in many bay areas and cities. even a minor shifting will totally change what Ice Land , Finland , UK , Canada , Japan , Australia, our atmosphere is totally working on automation, we cannot handle it but we can only understand it, the way climate will change it would be possible to see snow in sahara desert and pretty Hot weather in canada , Russia , UK , USA , Japan and Australia
However, It sound more like science fiction but it’s a fact that The Earth change it’s pole position after ever 37,000 years and on 21st December 2012, it’s accurately doing to do something which mankind has never witness, some of the researchers say that it will open 5th dimension to the spiritual world, but I am not going that deep about it. The things to worry are raising water level in the ocean , melting of the ice, which has started since few years , the core of the earth is changing temperature, in way most the things shown in the movie ” 2012 Doomsday ” don’t take that movie serious but few things which they shown in the movie are true, lakes and ponds , due to high temperature going to get dry, shortage of drinking water and sea water will increase. This is something everyone must worry about why there hasn’t been any official confirmation about pole shifting and why scientist are not saying the possibilities of the devastation, maybe for some it is just another internet busted story but scientist warned about this in 1950’s , but who took in concentration, God only knows.
It is obvious that entire transaction will not occur in one day so slow earth climate and the core is changing, from this december till december 2012, just see how many natural disasters take place, there number has already increased and they all are coming on large scale, where as rivers are changing their paths, which is clear sign that the earth tilt position is changing slowly, this is not the end of the world for sure, but how it’s going to be like 22nd December, 2012 and on wards we’ll see. It is million times to stay aware even a bit rather than being blind folded and trusting governments and new agencies.
It is my personal view after watching documentaries and many websites on the web, that south pole will move toward canada and north pole toward Australia , major changes are expected in both countries if the weather is -20 to -40 in canada in winter than it would be -20 to 40 more and Australia will face similar change, This phrase may take months or years but Mayan’s Calender is ending right exactly on the time from where it will start again, so this transformation is going to be difficult one for entire world, almost all the nations, people and I hope and pray nothing as such happens. Eventually it will be the start of the new era, which those of us are alive will make the world safer and better rather than prefer to Go For War. Nature has it’s own way of taking revenge.
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Death toll in karachi is like stock market stats, innocent civilians are being targeted but government taking action very lazily, on one hand the statement comes that it’s a gang war of land mafia and on the other hand political Parties protests for their workers are being killed, selective targets as well, Karachi was never a peaceful city ever since I know, but crime was different and after 9/11 bomb blasts became routine. now there are no bomb blasts but open firing in various areas, killing people for no reason, averagely nearly around 6 to 10 people daily get reported dead, Pakistan’s Intelligence Agencies has not come up with anything solid nor Police or Rangers jointly doing operations ever made public statement, so what it seems to me is chaos. Since everyone is well aware that Karachi is the heart of Pakistan and this heart had many cardiac attacks, nothing seems to work, at times political parties urge government to call Pakistan Army in the city where as Government always stays on the same policy that POLICE AND RANGERS are capable which is totally non sense. This warfare cost monthly average of 350 to 500 lives and no one get arrested. streets of karachi are no longer safe. I don’t understand why our reporters / news channels / politicians once for all come up with the truth in from the people to save this city and Pakistan but Media is making money so as government, no one cares for the people of Karachi, they don’t even know that will they return home safely or not ! such conditions are taking Pakistan toward, Civil war and once it started I don’t think Pakistani Army will be able to handle 20 million mass populated city. Hired Guns , External involvement ofcouse it cannot be done without Inside man. but no matter what Karachi is being victim like always, These are The Dark Days of Pakistan. I am sad to see that Government / Administration has failed badly but still none willing to resign nor give any statement.
May God Help us all those who are living in karachi, by protecting us and I pray that Police , Rangers , Pakistan Army jointly finish this bloodbath which is happening on the streets of Karachi .