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Pakistan International Airline’s SAFA index has risen to Critical level. The Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) was established by the European Commission (EC) in 1996 as a voluntary programme to carryout Ramp inspections on aircraft for compliance with Community and International safety standards.
Any further findings would disrupt adding new foreign routes and flying to certain foreign destinations. According to sources close to PIA, the airline has directed all pilots and staff to pay close attention to safety standards and in addition adhere to ‘No Smoking’ sign at all times.
Inspections focuses on overall airlines operation and flight related documents including maintenance records.
According to local newspaper Tribune, “example of PIA’s negligence, the official revealed that PIA flight PK-284 was inspected by UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority on October 5, which found many technical and management”
Note: According to EASA “Authorised inspectors are using a checklist with 53 inspection items during ramp checks. The checks may include pilots licenses, procedures and manuals carried in the cockpit, compliance with these procedures by flight and cabin crew, safety equipment in cockpit and cabin, cargo carried in the aircraft and the technical condition of the aircraft. As the time between arrival and departure (the turn-around time) may not be sufficient to go through the full checklist, not all 53 items may be inspected. It is the Programme policy not to delay an aircraft except for safety reasons.”