Civil Aviation Safety

What’s at Stake

Pakistan’s civil aviation history is tarnished with numerous plane crashes, claiming lives and damaging property. PIA alone has suffered 25 accidents since 1957 that have resulted in either loss of life or damage to property. The last plane crash that occurred in May 2020 killed 99 people on board. Later investigations revealed that it had occurred due regulatory failures. There are also issues with compensation laws that do not fairly compensate victims in line with Pakistan’s international commitments.

Current Status

PILAP has filed a Writ Petition before the Sindh High Court against the Federal Government through the Aviation Division, the Civil Aviation Authority and Pakistan International Airlines, amongst others, asking for a judicial commission to be set up to inquire into the mismanagement of the national flag carrier. Other relief sought includes revision of air accident compensation laws to bring them into conformity with the Montreal Convention for Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, 1999 so that victims receive fair compensation. The petition has been allowed by the Honourable High Court.