Stories about airblue

Stop blaming the media

Look people, I know you’re upset about the Airblue plane crash – it was devastating – but that does not mean you should make this tragedy into a ‘hate the media’ game. The Geo graphic of the plane crash was crass, okay, accepted. And the fact that TV channels broadcast that there were 40 survivors was a huge mistake and it was terrible to see how quickly each channel just copied the news off each other without verification. But (and this is the important point) you have to let the media do its job! What would you prefer? A media which is free ...

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ED 202: For a few more soundbytes

A lot of what is being written and said in the media based on reports by correspondents, columnists and by public comments on who or what was responsible for the Airblue crash makes sense. One or more of the causes being pointed to may be the actual cause of the accident. However, no one but those with full access to complete information and data should be commenting at this stage – no one else. We all make the mistake of speculating based on our own experience, knowledge and sense. But we must realise that this is the time where vested interests profit. Many times a ...

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Confessions of a desensitized journalist

As Pakistanis we should now all be well versed with disaster coverage. Bomb blasts, terrorist attacks, violent protests, military operations, natural disasters – you name it and we have seen it all. However, instead of making us more proficient at covering tragedies, the influx of disastrous situations seem to have worked in reverse. For media personnel these situations are double disasters. The more serious the disaster is, the worse the situation in the newsroom becomes. As I started writing the first script for a television news package regarding the rescue operation at Margalla Hills crash sight, I was rudely reminded time and again, by ...

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Stop analysing the Airblue tragedy

Exactly 24 hours ago from when I write this, someone was having breakfast on a plane chatting about his plans for the next two days. Two rows ahead, someone was preparing for an interview. Another might have been thinking about his wife. Or maybe he was disturbed by the nonstop chatter of children sitting behind him. Yet another soul was snoring peacefully, catching up on her sleep debt. Obviously, this is all speculation. We’ll never know the truth. No one lived to tell the tale, you see. Because in a matter of minutes, the plane they were sitting on would be forced to ...

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What are we worth?

I knew six of the 152 passengers and crew on the ill-fated Air Blue Flight 202 personally. They were friends – not very close – but friends nonetheless. Two more among the passengers I didn’t know in person, but knew about. The initial news had shocked me to the core. Until then, I wasn’t aware my friends were on board and I watched the national tragedy like the rest of Pakistan on television. The messages of the deaths started to pour in late afternoon, when the news spread from family to relatives and then friends. Four of the crew members were ...

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We truly know nothing: afterthoughts to the Airblue crash

We have our lives planned out, we think we know how our day will proceed – the housewife will do the daily chores, others will spend an endless day at work, some have a party planned in the evening, some have deadlines to meet, there’s a birthday coming up, an estranged friend we think we’ll finally talk to today… we plan and plan some more, not knowing the whole time that we know nothing. How does this realization hit us? For the most part of our lives actually it does not; not until there is a tragedy to offer a ...

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What went wrong with Airblue ED 202?

Airblue flight ED-202 crashed with 152 people on board — 146 members and 6 crew members — a tragic event indeed. However, some key issues need to be discussed. 1. The pilot had retired from PIA after that airline’s retirement age of 60 - he then got a job with Airblue – whose retirement age is 65. 2. Several comments on our website suggest that out of two runways in Islamabad, the ILS (Instrument Landing System) is operational for only one of the runways — one is runway 12, the other is runway 30. ILS enables air traffic on the ground to guide a ...

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