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by maint123
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23470

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

The absurdity of CAATSA continues and will likely impact any future attempt by the US to sell fighter aircraft to India. I can somewhat understand the intent of these sanctions but in India’s case they already have both of these airframes in service in significant numbers. Threatening sanctions to ...

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by maint123
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 81
Views: 15215

Re: PIA banned from Europe

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/681431-pia-downgraded-to-one-star-airline "LONDON: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been downgraded to a one-star airline, the lowest rating out of a total of seven stars, by AirlineRatings.com.It is one of the top airline rating websites. The rating co...

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by maint123
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23470

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

The absurdity of CAATSA continues and will likely impact any future attempt by the US to sell fighter aircraft to India. I can somewhat understand the intent of these sanctions but in India’s case they already have both of these airframes in service in significant numbers. Threatening sanctions to ...

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by maint123
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18226

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

AMCA moving towards design freeze I wonder how much this will be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. http://idrw.org/amca-final-design-freeze-soon-dsi-intakes-rcs-reduction-measures-to-make-it-first-5-5-gen-fighter/ NB The source is highly chauvinistic so may not be objective in reporting Indian avia...

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by maint123
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 18226

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Still, would be great if they succeeded in developing something, especially as it will likely be very Japanese in concept and design. They could always surprise us and come out with a Mecha... Or a cute anime girl that transforms mid-air into a stealthy hypersonic F-14. Yup the Japanese government ...

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by maint123
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 81
Views: 15215

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Maybe you care to provide a source for that? https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-40016761 "Is heroin being smuggled on Pakistani planes into Heathrow? By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad 24 May 2017 A London-bound state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane t...

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by maint123
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 81
Views: 15215

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Wednesday July 1st, 2020: There is a PIA flight en-route to LHR. - PK785 ISB 12.06 - LHR 16.00 B77W AP-BID https://www.flightradar24.com/PIA785/24d2cedf Question is....... will Pakistan take retaliatory action against EU carriers and ban overflights. Possibly not, as there is a technical cause, not...

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by maint123
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 81
Views: 15215

Re: PIA banned from Europe

UK CAA has also now banned PIA from MAN BHX LHR effective tomorrow. Wednesday July 1st, 2020: There is a PIA flight en-route to LHR. - PK785 ISB 12.06 - LHR 16.00 B77W AP-BID https://www.flightradar24.com/PIA785/24d2cedf Question is....... will Pakistan take retaliatory action against EU carriers a...

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by maint123
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Locust Swarms in India
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Locust Swarms in India

ArchGuy1 wrote:
maint123 wrote:
Not much effected as the crops have not been sowed.

The swarms have led to a state of emergency being declared in Pakistan.

Yup 2019 is the year we will talk about in our old age.
Wuhan virus.
Chinese attack.
Teedian.

And just half of the year is over.

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by maint123
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 47
Views: 2908

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

Modi held 18 meetings with Xi in the last 6 years , to develop the indo China relationship I am sure he met to improve Chinese investments in Gujarat, not to improve Indo-China relationship. It is funny to watch BJP IT cell publicity on how people destroying Chinese goods. Lackluster investments in...

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by maint123
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 78
Views: 7794

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://m.timesofindia.com/business/india-business/safety-concern-dgca-issues-show-cause-to-airasia-india/amp_articleshow/76676602.cms "Safety concern: DGCA issues show cause to AirAsia India Saurabh Sinha | TNN | Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 21:15 IST NEW DELHI: AirAsia India is under regulator prob...

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13756

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

Repercussions have started- https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thenews.com.pk/amp/678987-dubious-licences-issue-seven-pak-pilots-56-engineers-grounded-by-kuwait-airways "Dubious licences issue: Seven Pak pilots, 56 engineers grounded by Kuwait Airways June 28, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Foreign airlines ar...

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 47
Views: 2908

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

The area which is being contested is ladakh, a Buddhist area, solidly behind India. No it isn’t. The area that is being contested isn’t Ladakh, China does not claim that area. The area is Aksai Chin which is unpopulated. It is a desolate desert which is inhospitable for permanent habitation so I do...

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 47
Views: 2908

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

I of course have no real idea what exactly is occurring in this remote spot between India and China. And I must admit I am confused by what I am hearing from Modi on it. But I did find this article to be an interesting counterpoint to the idea that China has the advantage and superior forces: https...

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 47
Views: 2908

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

The area which is being contested is ladakh, a Buddhist area, solidly behind India. I guess the Chinese think that we have a whole country sized Tibet under us , with a hostile population, a much smaller ladakh is nothing. The Chinese are very afraid to reveal their losses because they thought this ...

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4155

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

Lots of Fake news around.
Found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq yet or not ? That was another intelligence gem from the Americans.

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Locust Swarms in India
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Locust Swarms in India

Not much effected as the crops have not been sowed.

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by maint123
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13756

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

Repercussions have started- https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thenews.com.pk/amp/678987-dubious-licences-issue-seven-pak-pilots-56-engineers-grounded-by-kuwait-airways "Dubious licences issue: Seven Pak pilots, 56 engineers grounded by Kuwait Airways June 28, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Foreign airlines are...

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by maint123
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13756

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

For years India has been finding pilots with falsified licenses. In Nepal as well. This is not surprising that this exists in Pakistan as well. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-may-have-4000-fake-pilots-449891 https://www.aviationnepal.com/press-release-of-buddha-air-regarding-issue-of-fake-pi...

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by maint123
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Not past airforce officer . He is a serving airforce officer. Responsibility must start from the top. The civilian government is just a puppet government with no real powers. If you have authority but no responsibility, these issues remain. It's a bit unfair to call the civilian government a puppet...

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by maint123
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

tcfc, what makes you think anything will change ? This is the 4th crash in Pakistan in the last 10 years , with 400 dead. The ceo is hiding somewhere, not answerable as he is a serving airforce officer. And you are aware the army runs Pakistan, with just a figurehead PM. The ceo just blames the civ...

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by maint123
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

tcfc, what makes you think anything will change ? This is the 4th crash in Pakistan in the last 10 years , with 400 dead. The ceo is hiding somewhere, not answerable as he is a serving airforce officer. And you are aware the army runs Pakistan, with just a figurehead PM. The ceo just blames the civi...

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by maint123
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT now goes after India for impairing U.S airline rights
Replies: 57
Views: 7040

Re: DOT now goes after India for impairing U.S airline rights

DL can cry all it wants. Indian Government has taken this decision to cover losses due to quite a few free repatriation flights initially. Trump can come and beg modi but the Indian government will drag this as long as possible. Getting quite sick of continuous american nonsense .

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by maint123
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Didn't PIA crash their inaugural flight back in 1965 at CAI? Maybe they need to start over. I hardly see how that is relevant to this case... What's more relevant is their safety record in the 21st century--even within the 2010's. Startling to say the least. True . They have had 4 passenger planes ...

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by maint123
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53162627 "What is Pakistan's safety record like? Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, including a number of airliner crashes. In 2010, an aircraft operated by private airline Airblue crashed near Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board - the de...

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by maint123
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Does Pakistan have its own pilot training and certification body or the pilots are trained and certified abroad ?
Because quite a few fatal accidents in pakistan in the last 10 years. And seeing the very low number of flughts , its not a encouraging sight

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by maint123
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.indiat ... 2020-06-22

Initial report out.
Presented in Pakistan "parliament " today.
Both pilot and ATC blamed.
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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.indiat ... 2020-06-22

Initial report out.
Presented in Pakistan "parliament " today.
Both pilot and ATC blamed.

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by maint123
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 78
Views: 7794

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Anyway, I came across an article on the topic. Apart from looking into the allegations made in the video, it also addresses the HR point of view regarding employees sharing workplace details on social media. https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/explained-why-gaurav-tanejas-allegations-against...

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by maint123
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 78
Views: 7794

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I am making a new topic for the AirAsia issue as its a international airlines and its a safety issue. Pl contribute their.

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by maint123
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://www.dawn.com/news/1561428/caa-asked-to-explain-letter-about-pilots-conduct-prior-to-crash Interesting is this - "The release of the preliminary probe report on the Karachi incident would be followed by release of reports on the Chitral crash, Gilgit crash-landing, and crashes of the pla...

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by maint123
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Exactly. Korean Air is a good example. May be PIA can consult with KE (or with Emirates, who with a shorter history and a substantially more massive fleet hasn't had a single fatality and only one write off) and come up with a solid, enforceable and accountable plan of action. PIA trying to police ...

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by maint123
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 78
Views: 7794

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2020

With all the sad state of affairs everywhere and a pandemic raging on, one good thing that has come out of this is definitely some cool airlines visiting places they never would have otherwise. Both the Asiana and Israel airlines have regular flights to mumbai. Asiana stopped its flight to India la...

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by maint123
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Is the wreckage being stored anywhere for further analysis in case the FDR/CVR /QAR files are corrupted? Wreckage is stored at the hangar of recently bankrupted Airline. Shaheen Air. Chances are almost zero that CVR and FDR files are corrupted, and both of the devices are in very good shape. Also, ...

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by maint123
Sun May 31, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

So 5 m Pakistani rupees insurance for each passenger of the ill fated aircraft. That's around 30k usd. What's the normal mandatory insurance that each passenger is covered by in different countries incase of death ? Its 1 cr for India ie 133000 usd. I googled & it seems to be capped at 174000 us...

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by maint123
Fri May 29, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

So if the cvr has been recovered , can the Airbus team release the unedited recording independently ? Or it has to kowtow to the Pakistani authorities and is bound by some agreement to never release information unless okd by Pakistan ?

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by maint123
Fri May 29, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23470

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Don't confuse programme cost with unit cost. the headline figure includes cost of development and testing, the jets themselves, all associated ground equipment, training equipment, initial set of spares/consumables and so on. Not confusing at all. The IAF is placing a order of 83 tejas mk1A for 370...

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by maint123
Fri May 29, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Another Pakistani plane crashed in Rawalpindi last year killing 18 people , including 13 civilians on the ground. This year Pakistan has had 6 airforce crashes already till april and that's pretty high considering their fleet size and flying hours. Can countries impose no flying restrictions on fore...

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by maint123
Fri May 29, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23470

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Order placed for 83 tejas mk1 at a total cost of 37000 cr , approximately 5 b usd. So each plane coming in at 60 m usd. Pretty expensive for a home designed and home assembled plane. Major Imported components are, engine ge 404 at 6 m usd each , 7 missiles at total of 5 m , radar at 3 m usd , eject...

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by maint123
Fri May 29, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 103
Views: 23470

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Order placed for 83 tejas mk1 at a total cost of 37000 cr , approximately 5 b usd. So each plane coming in at 60 m usd. Pretty expensive for a home designed and home assembled plane. Major Imported components are, engine ge 404 at 6 m usd each , 7 missiles at total of 5 m , radar at 3 m usd , ejecti...

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by maint123
Thu May 28, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sindh's Education Minister telling us about a lack of confidence is the height of hypocrisy. PIA has been destroyed by the civilian authorities that have run this airline since the 90's. Majority of the people given positions are not even degree holders to begin with. Arshad Malik was brought in to...

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by maint123
Wed May 27, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst “White Elephant” Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3591

Re: Worst “White Elephant” Airports

Read this if you want a really empty airport -Mattalla international airport in Sri Lanka. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/05/28/the-story-behind-the-worlds-emptiest-international-airport-sri-lankas-mattala-rajapaksa/amp/ 1536 passengers in 2019 as per wikipedia. O...

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by maint123
Wed May 27, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

This is alarming! 3 days ago they said they sent the black box to be analyzed! My suspicions that they would try to sweep this under the rug is becoming more possible by the day. We may never know what ultimately happened..... Unfortunately. Exactly what I wrote a few days back but seems to have be...

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by maint123
Wed May 27, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

According to AVHerald, apparently the CVR is still missing. Only the CVR housing was recovered. Kinda an important detail to find out 4 days after the crash. https://avherald.com/h?article=4d7a6e9a&opt=0 This is alarming! 3 days ago they said they sent the black box to be analyzed! My suspicion...

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by maint123
Sun May 24, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sad day for aviation. My condolences to the families. Great observations by the many posters here. What would be interesting to know is when was this crew’s last sector before this flight. Did they have a prolonged break due to the current situation. Would that even have an effect on flying skills?...

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by maint123
Sun May 24, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Just my two cents, not by any means fact but here is my analysis: From what I've seen reported so far, it seems they never really had a landing gear problems. What does appear to be interesting is that they seemed to be too high (and consequently too fast) for landing, but were very keen to commit ...

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by maint123
Sat May 23, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

My summary- Not related to covid shutdown as this plane had 7 prior flights to this accident The plane had a alarm go off warning that wheels were not locked properly but ignored it as a false alarm during 1st attempt. On touchdown, the physical feedback indicated to him that the wheels were actuall...

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by maint123
Fri May 22, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Pakistanis refer to PIA as Please inform allah . They normally have retired defence officers heading all their civil institutions, mostly guys who have zero experience in the field. A sure shot receipe for disaster and inefficiency.

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by maint123
Fri May 22, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Or since they were going in for a belly landing, too much fuel could have been ejected to avoid a serious fire. This seems a very possible scenario The A320 cannot dump fuel. Ok. At the start of the audio recording, before the the first approach, the pilot says he is comfortable now ,we can make it...

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by maint123
Fri May 22, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sad News If they had so little fuel, I Wonder why they didn't try to land without the front gir deployed... It has been done before ... My guess is if the fuel starvation is true that they were so focused on the landing gear they were not paying attention to the fuel, or even considering that they ...

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by maint123
Fri May 22, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152882

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Pakistan has had 5 airforce crashes this year and now this civilian airliner crash. It's a bad year for aviation in Pakistan. If I remember, another PIA flight crashed 3 or 4 years back in Pakistan ? There last fatal crash was back in 2006 when PK688 crashed. But, there have been two write-offs sin...

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