18 months after the fateful Air Blue plane crash in Islamabad, the transcript of conversations between Pilot, First Officer and Control Tower has been made public by the Civil Aviation Authortiy (CAA).
AirBlue flight ED-202 crashed in the Margalla Hills on July 28, 2010, killing all 146 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
Incidentally, the blame has been squarely placed on the Captain, who is not here to defend himself.
Wonder what took them so long to find this out.
According to Dunya News the communication between Pervez Iqbal Chaudhry and the first officer Muntajib Ahmad, goes like this:
The flight left Karachi at 07:50 local time. Pilot Pervez Iqbal and first officer were served tea.
During flight, captain gave some instructions to the first officer; however, his behaviour was offensive and inappropriate.
The first officer was silent; he did not challenge the captain’s mistakes.
8:33 â€“ aircraft reached at altitude of 4,300 ft and was guided by radar controller to stay at 3,900 ft.
8:35 â€“ while flying at 3,700 ft, captain put the landing gear down.
8:36 â€“ Captain Pervez contacted Air Traffic Controller and confirmed weather condition.
8:38 â€“ first officer asked â€œCan you see the runwayâ€, pilot responded â€œI can seeâ€
8:39 â€“ the pilot was told â€œimmediately turn left, Margalla [Hills] are aheadâ€, pilot again replied â€œwe can see itâ€
First officer told pilot â€œhills are aheadâ€, pilot responded â€œtaking left nowâ€
On the occasion, automated warning systems indicated â€œterrain aheadâ€ two times.
8:41:06 â€“ first officer declared â€œSir, we are going down, sir, we are going downâ€
Suddenly control tower lost contact with the aircraft.
According to report, automated systems indicated five warnings when it moved closer toward hills and total 13 â€œterrain ahead, pull upâ€ warnings were indicated.
Interestingly, the report was submitted in January 2012 to Peshawar High Court, hearing the petition filed by ex-MNA Marvi Memon and victim’s families, who rejected it at that time – calling it incomplete.
As mentioned earlier, the investigation to find the cause of Bhoja Air crash near Islamabad may reach to same conclusion, that is, it will blame the captain for the crash.
Well done, CAA.