History of Air Accidents in Pakistan

History of Air Accidents in Pakistan

A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashed into a residential area in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, on Friday, May 22, killing several people. This is the third plane crash in Pakistan this year.

According to the Aircraft Crash Records Office, there have been 83 air accidents in Pakistan's airspace from August 14, 1947 to May 22, 2020.

A total of 1,002 people have been killed so far in the remaining incidents before Friday's crash.

According to the Aircraft Crash Records Office, Pakistan's first airline, Pakistan International Airlines, formerly known as Pakistan Airways, had its first accident on November 26, 1948.

The crashed plane crashed near Vehari in Punjab, killing 21 people, including passengers and crew members.

Pakistan has a long history of air accidents, including both civilian and military aircraft. Below we will review the history of air accidents in Pakistan.

According to the record office, to date, Pakistan International Airlines has suffered 21 major and minor accidents, while according to the website, Pakistan Air Force aircraft have suffered a total of 24 accidents.

The first plane crash of 2020 occurred on January 7, when a Pakistan Air Force plane crashed during a routine flight near the Punjab city of Mianwali. Both pilots were killed in the crash.

Similarly, on March 11, 2020, an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force crashed near Shakarpur in the federal capital Islamabad.

The F-16 was engaged in rehearsals for the Pakistan Day Parade on March 23. The pilot was killed in the crash.

The biggest plane crash in 2019 occurred on July 30. The crash happened when a small Army Aviation plane crashed within the Punjab city of Rawalpindi, killing at least 19 people, including five soldiers.

The crashed plane was the Pakistan Army's Beach Craft Sea King 350, a two-winged turboprop aircraft, and is considered a very useful aircraft due to its diverse structure. These aircraft are used by the forces of different countries around the world.

This is the second accident of the year 2019. The first accident took place in January at the Mastung area of ​​Balochistan. The Pakistan Air Force's F-7 PG crashed in the crash.

It may be recalled that the military aircraft F-7 PG was introduced in the Pakistan Air Force in 2002 after the F-6 aircraft. So far, nine to ten such planes have crashed, but aviation experts believe the crashes are within normal limits.

In February 2017, a plane of Shaheen Air Flying Training School crashed at Faisalabad. In which both pilots were killed.
In May 2017, a Pakistan Air Force fighter jet crashed during a routine training flight at Mianwali, killing the pilot. The plane crashed near Sabzazar area due to a technical fault in the plane.

A Pakistan Air Force plane crashed at Sargodha in August 2017, but the pilots managed to get out of the plane safely.

In December 2016, a PIA plane en route to Islamabad from Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, crashed near Havelian.

The crashed plane had 42 passengers and five crew members on board.

On April 20, 2012, a private airline, Bhoja Air, crashed near Louis Vuitton with 127 people on board.

On November 28, 2010, a small plane crashed near Karachi, killing 12 people.

The deadliest crash in Pakistan's aviation history also occurred near Islamabad on July 28, 2010, when a private airline, Air Blue, crashed into the Margalla hills. There were 152 people on board.

Earlier, on July 10, 2006, a Pakistan International Airlines Fokker plane crashed shortly after taking off from Multan Airport.

It killed 45 people, including two high court judges, two army brigadiers, and the vice-chancellor of Bahauddin Zakaria University.

Details of accidents that result in passenger deaths
Pakistan International Airlines or Pakistan Airways initially had 11 domestic accidents, five of which were Fokker planes.

The 2006 Fokker plane crash in Multan was the deadliest domestic accident in PIA history, after which the use of Fokker planes was stopped.

There have been ten military passenger plane crashes in Pakistan so far.

The last crash was a Pakistan Air Force Fokker plane that occurred on February 20, 2003. The plane, which crashed near Kohat, killed 17 officers, including then-Chief of the Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir.

For the Pakistan Air Force, the Hercules C-31 cargo plane has so far proved to be the deadliest, with special capsules being used for passengers.

Of the four Hercules C1 Thirty accidents, the one near Bahawalpur on August 17, 1988 was the one that killed 30 important personalities and military officers, including the then President and military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq.

In the last 63 years, nine military and non-military passenger planes of foreign airlines have crashed on Pakistani soil.

In three of those accidents, Afghan passenger planes crashed. On January 13, 1998, a passenger plane of Afghan Airlines Ariana Air crashed in the Toba Achakzai area in the Khojak mountain range. The crash killed 51 passengers and was the deadliest air crash on Pakistani soil before July 28, 2010.

On January 9, 2002, a US Air Force Hercules C-31 crashed near Solar Air Base in Balochistan, killing seven passengers. This was the last accident of a foreign plane in Pakistan.

On February 24, 2003, an Edhi Air Ambulance Cessna 402 crashed near Karachi, killing eight passengers.

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