LAHORE - Pakistan Air Line Pilots’ Association has expressed deep shock and grief over the tragic plane crash near Islamabad.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Palpa President Sohail Baloch expressed his concerns over the increasing numbers of air accidents and plane crashes in Pakistan. He said Civil Aviation Authority must take notice of continuous violations of air safety rules which affect the sanctity of the aviation industry in Pakistan.

He said it was second tragedy in less than two years after a similar plane crash in Islamabad. “The horrific plane crash signifies the importance of flight safety laws and passenger safety measures,” he said pointing out that PALPA has been stressing on flight safety standards since its inception.

He said that Palpa recommended to form an independent organisation in its international air safety seminar 2 years ago, even before the airblue crash, to suggest, implement and monitor safety measures to the aviation companies and authorities so that passenger and aircraft safety can never be jeopardized.