The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority: PCAA ordered the grounding of all ATR aircraft in the country for inspections, following a recent accident and incident.
On December 7, an ATR 42 crashed after impacting terrain near Havelian, killing all 47 on board. The investigation is ongoing. On December 11 an ATR 72 suffered ‘technical problems’ relating to an engine prior to departure from Mulat Airport.
The CAA decided on December 11 to ground all of PIA’s ATR aircraft for inspections. The airline operaters five ATR 42-500 aircraft (average age 10 years) and five ATR 72-500 aircraft (average age 4.5 years).
CAA Safety board is carrying out inspection of entire ATR fleet of #PIA, until then all 10 aircraft shall remain grounded.
— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) December 12, 2016
Shakedown tests of PIA's ATRs started. Team of CAA & PIA's Quality Control Department will carry out thorough examination of each aircraft.
— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) December 12, 2016