I write in connection with a news item in your esteemed paper on September 26, 2010 on the above subject. The facts of that fateful day are barely known because by tradition, we dont publish air accident reports even though we are members of ICAO and are, I believe, obliged to do so. It was a very hot day in Multan. The aircraft is rumored to have been over-loaded. Anyway, as the aircraft raced down the runway, at the point of lift-off, an engine caught fire. Rumor is that the engines were over-boosted. Why? Would any pilot would knowingly over-boost an engine and risk it blowing up. A twin-engine aircraft can fly out safely with one engine-out. A one-engine-out scenario is practiced on flight simulators over and over again until it can be done instinctively. In this case, something went wrong. The landing gear was not retracted (thus adding to drag) probably because the pilot was focused on the engine-fire when he should be flying the aircraft and call for gear-up. The co-pilot should be following the procedures to shut the engine down in steps, which are committed to memory on the pilots command. There is no time to read a check-list. There is also a rumor that the take-off flap setting was incorrect. Why? The only sensible thing this report says is that age was not a factor in the accident. If that is the case, why was the entire Fokker fleet grounded in a seeming act of panic? Which airline in the world grounds its entire fleet when one in the fleet crashes? The report talks of CRM (Crew Resource Management) and failures on that score. What were those failures in CRM and how did the report come to that conclusion? That can only be gleaned from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). Where is the CVR? No one knows. The Fokker also had a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) but of an old-fashioned type capable of recording only a few parameters (speed, height, position of flight controls, etc). No one knows what a reading of the FDR revealed. Airline travel is safe because there is sharing of information especially after an accident. Our secrecy denies the aviation world the benefit of learning lessons from our accident investigations. -MEEKAL AHMED, Virginia, September 27.