Court told CAA made independent body

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) was told on Wednesday that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been detached from the Ministry of Defence and put under the control of the Cabinet Division as an independent body.

Obaidur Rehman Abbasi, senior law officer of the CAA, informed a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qaiser Rashid the federal government took the decision to make the CAA as independent body.

He said both the CAA and PIA would be under the secretary for Aviation Division. He further stated that the Safety Investigation Board (SIB) was also detached from the CAA and made an independent board as per the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) given in the Airblue plane crash inquiry report.

The fresh inquiry report conducted by the ICAO experts on the PHC directives in the Airblue plane crash, highlighted some faults on the part of Air Traffic System, saying the duty controller at Islamabad Control Tower was the junior most officer in the shift and had too little experience to handle such complex situation.

The report said the duty controller being from Pakistan Air Force at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) Tower was not qualified as per International Civil Aviation Organisation SARPs (standard and recommended practices) to handle civil traffic and he did not possess the required qualification like completion of ICAO Basic Course from any ICAO recognised institute. It said the duty controller had not undergone on-job training under the supervision of the qualified civil controller.

A 25-page summary of the report compiled by president of Safety Investigation Board of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Commodore M Abdul Basit was submitted to the court on previous hearing by the senior legal adviser of the authority, Obaidur Rehman Abbasi.

Courtesy: The News

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