Stories about flight 202

Flight ED202: Closer to home

What made the plane crash of July 28 different from all the other numerous tragedies – suicide blasts, floods, the war in the north – to recently befall Pakistan? This is one question on many people’s minds. On the day of the crash at least 80 other deaths took place in our country. Deaths not related to the crash. Yet this one incident took precedence not only in media coverage – do reporters run to the houses of victims’ families after every suicide blast or drone attack? — but also in the hearts and minds of those around me. The ...

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‘Look beta, that’s where the plane crashed’

As the clouds finally gave way to the sun, dozens of families from the twin cities decided to make a day out of it and rushed to Daman-e-Koh, to look at the debris of fallen flight ED 202. I didn’t exactly hear what these mothers were telling their children, but from their expressions and their hard-contained excitement I’m pretty sure it was something along these lines. ‘Look beta, that’s where the plane crashed,’ ‘Dekho, dekho, not many people get to see air crash sites in their lifetime!’ Sensing the mob’s interest, a lone entrepreneur hooked up his binoculars and started charging Rs10  for ...

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What not to do when disaster strikes

Pakistan is mourning the loss of 152 people in one of the deadliest and tragic air crashes in the country’s aviation history. Such accidents always leave a trail of distressing tales behind. The front pages of newspapers carried poignant stories about the lives and plans of victims. It was saddening to read however, that like every other unexpected tragedy in Pakistan this one shocked the authorities and the nation alike. Interior minister Rahman Malik also acted in a highly unprofessional manner by raising the hopes of people, especially the families of the passengers who were anxiously waiting to hear word ...

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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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