The traumatic plane crash in Islamabad has given rise to feelings of fear among people about safety standards practiced by our domestic airlines. Two air crashes in less than two years have scared people to such an extent that they avoid travelling by our domestic carriers. The Civil Aviation Authority should have learned a lesson from the AirBlue plane crash in 2010 and ensured implementation of safety measures, but it failed to do so. People are right in criticising the CAA for allowing the ill-fated plane to land in such bad weather conditions, and without considering the magnitude of lightening and rainstorm. The plane could have been asked to land at a different location. Also, I believe private airlines should not be allowed to operate in our country. It is time to reform PIA by bringing in a thoroughly professional management and adding new-generation planes instead of giving licences to private airlines. M IBRAHIM TARIQ, Lahore, April 22.