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PIA Committed to International Safety Standards For Airlines. MD PIA.

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Karachi, December 9, 2009: ‘PIA is committed to international safety standards for airlines.’ Managing Director PIA, Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon categorically stated at a Seminar on Airline Safety held at PIA Training Centre.

He said that passenger and airline safety is primary and strictly maintained in operational matters at any cost. PIA’s Certification by International Organization for Safety Audit (IOSA) confirms that the airline operations are safe.

Capt. Aijaz said that while ensuring passenger safety the airline is also providing a safe working environment to its employees with all requisite tools and equipments.

The Seminar was attended by officials of CAA, IATA, Pakistan Air Force, Army and PIA. The theme of the meeting was to have an insight and review of International Aviation Safety Standards.

PIA Flight Safety and Quality Assurance Division, Civil Aviation Authority, IATA Pakistan, Aga Khan University Hospital and NHR Human Resource consultant made illuminating presentations on Safety Standards.

General Manager, PIA Flight Safety and Quality Assurance, Captain Salman Azhar presented annual report of the airline’s operational safety aspects.

Director CAA, Air Commodore Khalid Marwat made a presentation on ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit program, Safety Aviation concept, Objectives and measures.

Country Manager IATA Pakistan, Mr. Mustafa Khan gave an overview of IATA, its role, facilitation and operations. Other guest speakers included Ms. Raheela Narejo, Chief Executive and lead consultant NHR, Spoke about work productivity and the importance of Human element vis a vis Safety. Dr. Javed Akhtar of Aga Khan University Hospital spoke about Health Safety.

Managing Director PIA presented awards to PIA officers in recognition of their work. Posthumous Award was given for (LATE) Captain Yousaf Mamsa, a senior and an outstanding PIA Pilot, who joined in July of 1980 as a Cadet Pilot and flew F-27, B-707, B-737, A300, A310 and B747 aircraft as a sound professional. Captain Mamsa died in uniform in the PC Hotel, Peshawar bomb blast, on 7th June 2009.

Aircraft Engineer Mr. Zulfiqar Haider an outstanding Aerospace Engineer in ATR (Line) Maintenance. On 17th August 2009, PIA aircraft under Maintenance caught fire but he saved the aircraft from any major damage. Safety Award was presented for diligent safe act of courage & commitment which saved an Aircraft.

Captain Zarak Khan an outstanding A310 Pilot was also presented a Safety Award in recognition to his contribution in handling two abnormal situations in a professional manner safely. Captain Zarak Khan demonstrated professional expertise towards safe operation of aircraft in highly abnormal / emergency situations.

Mr. Masood-ul-Aziz, aerospace engineer of (ATR) Line maintenance was awarded a Safety Certificate in recognition to the inspection performed by him with professional approach. The abnormality was very difficult to observe.

Senior Airhostess Miss Dur-e Najaf, Cabin Crew in the Flight Services Department was presented Safety Award in recognition for her brave performance on 7th June 2009, after the Bomb Blast at PC Hotel, Peshawar. Being a victim of the Blast, she kept herself composed and tried to stop her companions, and other people not to board the lift. The lift collapsed in the after math of the bomb blast. She guided the Crew and the General Public to Safety, thus demonstrating immense qualities of head and heart in crucial moments and thus saved many lives.