Syed Ammad Laiq, 9297/Jinnah

Syed Ammad Laiq - 2012

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Syed Ammad Laiq, 9287/Jinnah joined Cadet College Petaro in 1992 and left the college in 1997 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 4 April 1978 at Karachi, and died in the Bhoja Air crash over Islamabad on 20 April 2012.

Ammad was the only brother of 3 sisters. His father had expired and he used to live with his mother Tahira.

Ammad joined Bhoja Airlines in February 2012. He was the Head of the Cabin Crew aboard the ill-fated Bhoja Airlines flight number 213 from Karachi to Islamabad on the evening of 20 April 2012. This was a maiden evening flight of the airline to Islamabad after a break of 12 years since it had been grounded in the year 2000.

The aircraft was a 28 year old Boeing 737-236. After being declared fit for airworthiness by CAA, the plane took off from Karachi at 5:00pm and was scheduled to land at Islamabad at 6:50pm. As it approached the runway to land, the plane crashed at Koral - nearly 6km short of the runway at 6:40pm

All of the 127 people (including 6 crew members) on board the aircraft perished. There were no survivors.

Also on board the plane was Ammad's mother Tahira Laiq who also died. She was travelling to Islamabad to meet one of her daughters.

It was raining heavily with strong winds at Islamabad when the crash took place. Some eyewitnesses claim that the plane had been hit by lightning.

The bodies of Ammad and his mother were identified and taken to Karachi for burial.