Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688
(PK688, PIA688) was scheduled to operate from Multan
at 12:05 pm on July 10 2006
. It crashed into a field after bursting into flames a few minutes after takeoff
from Multan International Airport
. All 41 passengers and four crewmembers on board were killed.
The victims included Asmatullah Khan (Manager Legal Services) of PIA
, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Bhatti and Justice Nazir Ahmed Siddiqui, who served on the Lahore
High Court. Three military personnel, Vice-Chancellor
of Bahauddin Zakariya University
, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naseer Khan, and eight women, including two flight attendants and three doctors, were also among those killed. One of the flight attendants was pulled out alive, but later died. A list of names of the passengers and crew killed in the plane crash is available
According to the Daily Jang
Lahore newspaper, no one was pulled alive from the plane.
The plane lost contact with the Multan International Airport control tower two minutes after takeoff. The aircraft hit an electric power line before crashing into a wheat field. The cause of the crash was reported to be an engine fire. Authorities have ruled out sabotage or terrorist involvement in the crash. Some witnesses reported seeing flames on the aircraft right after takeoff.
A special investigation team has been assembled by PIA that announced they will compile a report about the crash within a week of the accident. At the same time, the Air League of PIA Employees Union has charged the PIA administration with responsibility for the crash. They argue that the airline operated flights with too few crew members, promoted incompetent officials, and carried out substandard overhaul work on aircraft, among other flaws.
Following this incident, all PIA Fokker aircraft were withdrawn from service and replaced with ATR aircraft.
The investigation has been concluded and sent to Prime Minster for review.
The aircraft was a Fokker F27 turboprop airplane with the following specifications:
- Wing Span: 29.0 m (95 ft)
- Length: 23.10 m (76 ft)
- Height: 8.50 m (28 ft)
- Max takeoff weight: 19,731 kg (43,500 lb)
- Average Cruising Speed: 461 km/h (286 mph)
- Engines: 2x Rolls-Royce Dart Mk532-7 turboprops