LAHORE - A PIA's Manchester-bound flight PK 7012 with over 385 passengers escaped a major disaster on 26 April, 2010, as it was taking off from the Islamabad airport. The Boeing Jumbo while taking off scrapped the runway barrier installed on runway 12 end, sources in CAA Islamabad confided to The Nation. The incident was captured by Chaklala Airport video cameras installed for security purposes. This airport is used by airforce military and civil commercial aircrafts. The barrier has been installed by the airforce for securing its aircrafts. Had the PIA Boeing aircraft been even one foot lower, a fatal crash landing was inevitable with huge fatalities and a fire, as the aircraft was carrying fuel in excess of 100 Tons, said an aviation expert seeking anonymity. The Boeing 747 if caught by the barrier, would definitely have encountered height loss, resulting in a possible crash landing with huge fatalities and major loss to the airport and its surrounding areas, which are densely populated. The passengers on board heard an unusual thud, which was audible and could only have been missed by a pilot having hearing deficiencies. An aircraft taking off from a runway is required by law to attain a height of at least 32 feet at the end of the runway, known as threshold, or in some exceptional cases not below 15 feet. The fact that it scrapped the barrier points out to possible serious elementary flaws in the Take Power developed by engines and procedure adopted, an Aircraft Engineer of the airline said on the condition of not to be named. The matter was reported by Chaklala Airport to CAA Pakistan. Investigations reveal no headway has been made in the mandatory enquiry required to be conducted by a board appointed by the DG CAA. Question arises, is PIA or CAA waiting for a fatal accident to occur and could this incident not have led to a major accident? The Boeing 747 with CAA registration AP-BGG has a flight recorder which would have recorded engine parameters, and height attained. Aviation industry analysts are of the opinion that PIA and CAA cannot afford such oversights, in the background of its European Union partial ban in 2008, which was imposed for serious aviation safety violations. The pilot of this flight was Capt S Dara, hired on contract by PIA, sources said. When contacted CAA spokesman about the progress in the inquiry, he said he would comment upon the story after talking to his senior officers. Federal Minister calls on Shahbaz Federal Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahabud Din called on the Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif here Saturday and discussed with him the matter relating to improvement in the health sector and others mutual interest. While talking to federal minister, Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government was paying full attention on providing modern and quality medical facilities to the people and in that course, facility of dialysis and free medicines had been provided to them in the pubic hospitals. He said that for the first time in history of the country, air-conditioners and generators worth billion of rupees had been provided to the hospitals. He said besides constructions of new hospitals in the province, medical facilities were being improved through up-grading rural and basic health units. The CM said that work on the project of mobile dispensaries was going on speedily for providing best medical facilities to the people at their door steps. He said that more funds would be allocated in the next provincial budget for education, health, provision of clean drinking water and other sectors of social development.