Pakistan’s PIA Grounds ATR Fleet For Checks

December 12, 2016

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Pakistan International Airlines has grounded its ATR aircraft after the crash last week of an ATR-42 that killed all on board.

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority is conducting an enquiry into the crash, which include "shakedown tests" on the airline’s remaining fleet. PIA decided to ground the ATR fleet temporarily while the tests are carried out and the aircraft cleared.

The investigation includes representatives from aircraft make ATR and engine provider Pratt & Whitney.

The aircraft that crashed was reported to have suffered engine problems after takeoff from Chitral last Wednesday on a flight to Islamabad.