Pakistan to inspect aircraft of private carriers

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAAP) has commenced inspections of aircraft owned by private Pakistani airlines, after an air crash involving a Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 near Islamabad.

The "shake down" inspection involves aircraft selected at random or offered by the airlines for inspection, says a CAAP official. The inspection will also cover maintenance activities involved with the aircraft.

He said the inspections will not affect airline operations.

State-owned Pakistan International Airlines is not subject to the inspection regime. The official said its aircraft were inspected "before this unfortunate incident."

No timeline has been given on completing the inspections, which is primarily aimed at giving the Pakistani public an "extra confidence level."

Private Pakistani airlines such as Airblue, Rayyan Air, Shaheen Air International and Bhoja Air operate a total of 26 passenger aircraft according to Flightglobal Pro data. These comprise five Airbus A320 family aircraft, 17 Boeing 737 Classics and Next Generation aircraft, one Boeing MD-90 and three Boeing 747-200s.