2 killed in sprayer aircraft crashed: Pakistan

At least two people were killed when an aircraft spraying pesticide to eliminate locusts crashed in Cholistan’s Tehsil Sadiqabad on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Shoaib Malik, the pilot, and aircraft engineer Fawad Butt, both of whom were officials of the Federal Plant Protection Department of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Both died instantaneously as the plane crashed into the ground, according to the district administration. The bodies were shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan.
Rahim Yar Khan Deputy Commissioner Ali Shahzad said the two men had been tasked with spraying pesticide in Cholistan in order to eliminate locusts. He said that the aircraft had taken off from Sheikh Zayed International Airport on Sunday morning. Initial reports suggested that the crash occurred due to a technical fault.
In a statement, National Food Security and Research Minister Khusro Bakhtiar expressed his deep sorrow over the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the young men who lost their lives in the line of duty. Their invaluable services will be remembered forever,” he said. “We are proud of the dutiful sons who lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said. “They were highly capable professionals,” he added.
The ministry expects locust attacks in the next two to three years may wreak havoc in Sindh, Balochistan and South Punjab. In December 2019, Federal Food Secretary Hashim Popalzai presented the National Action Plan Desert Locust Surveillance and Control 2020 and recommended the federal cabinet impose an emergency.
Under the proposed plan, 100,000 litres of the ultra-low volume pesticides would be sprayed via airplanes in Balochistan from January to June 2020. At least 30 similar camps would be established in Sindh from July 2020 to December 2020 and 180,000 litres of pesticides would be sprayed in Sindh via airplanes while 20 such camps would be established in Punjab as well.–DT

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*