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Category: <span>Pakistan International Airlines</span>

PIA Flight Makes Emergency Landing due to Nose Gear Problem

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-212 made an emergency landing in Islamabad, Pakistan, on August 25th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane flying from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was on approach to Islamabad when the crew reported a nose gear problem and went around.

The crew worked the related checklists and subsequently landed safely on second approach.

Everyone aboard remained safe.

PIA Flight Diverts to Karachi due to Cracked Windshield

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-204 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 19th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane heading from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Lahore, Pakistan, was diverted due to a cracked windshield.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Pakistan International Airlines Plane Returns to Karachi due to Landing Gear Problem

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-352 had to return and make an emergency landing in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 8th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane took off for Quetta, Pakistan, but had to turn back due to an issue with the landing gear.

The plane landed back safely. Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

PIA Plane Crashes in Pakistan; 48 Feared Dead

piaPakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crashed in Havelian, near Abbottabad, Pakistan, at around 4:45 pm on December 7.

The Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-500 flying from Chitral to Islamabad, Pakistan, crashed due to the failure of its left engine. The plane had lost control with the radar shortly before it hit the ground.

The wreckage caught fire right after the crash.

There were 42 passengers and 6 crew members aboard at the time. All of them were killed.

The black boxes have been recovered and handed over to Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The investigation is underway.

PIA Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Lahore

pia-logoPakistan International Airlines flight PK-853 made an emergency landing in Lahore, Pakistan, on June 20th.

The Airbus A310-300 was flying from Islamabad, Pakistan, when the crew reported an issue with its right engine.

The plane landed safely. Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

PIA Plane Diverts to Karachi due to Cracked Windshield

piaPakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-211 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on November 17.

The Airbus, en-route from Islamabad, Pakistan, to Dubai, UAE, had to divert due to cracked windshield.

The plane landed safely.

No injuries were reported.

Medical Emergency Prompts PIA Flight to Make a Stop in Moscow

piaPakistan International Airlines flight PK 785 made an emergency landing at Moscow airport, Russia, on March 15.

The flight, en-route from Islamabad, Pakistan, to London Heathrow Airport, England, had to make an emergency stop, after a passenger suffered heart attack midair.

The plane landed safely. The airline arranged an ambulance for the passenger, identified as Pervez Iqbal.

The flight resumed shortly afterwards.

PIA Flight Returns to Islamabad Airport for Emergency Landing

piaPakistan International Airlines flight PK-3209 had to return and make an emergency landing at Benzair Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, Pakistan, on October 11.

The empty Boeing 777 departed from Islamabad for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to bring back Pakistani Hajj pilgrims. However, shortly after it took off, oil began to leak from the aircraft’s hydraulic landing gear.

The plane was then returned to the airport where it landed safely.

Authorities said that the engineers repaired the leak and the aircraft flew out to its destination with delay.

Drunken Pilot Detained in Leeds

A pilot caught drunk in the cockpit of a Pakistan International Airways Airbus is in custody, and bound to appear in court in October over the breech of trust. PIA suspended the 20 year pilot.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “A pilot attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is a major threat to flight safety.”

Irfan Faiz was four times over the legal limit when he was taken into custody, and charged with “breaching the trust of the public.”

He was arrested as he was carrying out pre-flight checks. Officers had him take a breath test at ten pm just prior to his scheduled ten pm. flight of an Airbus 310 from Leeds to Islamabad. 177 passengers were put up at hotels when the pilot was removed.

Domestic Squabble and Bomb Threat on Pia Flight

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On May 24, 2013, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-340ER was en route from Allama Iqbal Int’l to Manchester when a stewardess told the Captain Nadeem Sufi that a passenger had threatened to bomb the plane. Sixty miles east of their destination, the pilot diverted to Stansted Airport with a British fighter escort.

Mr. Mohammad Shafqat and Ms. Ammara Ashraf had been fighting with eight family members, and when the argument escalated, the two were taken into custody and then released.

During the domestic fight, two men who approached the cockpit were also arrested aboard the plane, handcuffed, and taken into custody to the police station at Stansted. The case is being treated as a criminal rather than terror case.

There were 11 crew and 297 passengers aboard.

Although the Pakistani High Commission blames the pilot for making a decision that puts PIA in a bad light, we believe that the fact that because Captain Sufi landed the plane without injury or loss of life, then he made the right decision.

Pia Jet Struck by Catering Truck

What: PIA Pakistan to Manchester
Where: Allama Iqbal International Airport Pakistan
When: October 24, 2012
Who: 203 aboard (183 economy class passengers, 16 business class and four infants)
Why: After passengers had boarded for the 11:45 a.m. flight to Manchester, and the plane was about to taxi for take off, a catering van drove onto the tarmac and into the parked aircraft, damaging the door of the plane.

Passengers disembarked and had to wait at the airport for hours until 7:30 when the replacement plane for PK 709 left for Manchester.

Emergency Landing in Multan

What: Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 737 en route from Islamabad to Multan
Where: Multan
When: April 25, 2012
Who: 45 passengers
Why: On descent to Multan, the plane indicated an error. On a visual confirmation on flyby, ATC indicated that the wheels were down, but this disagreed with the cockpit alert. The pilot circled to burn fuel, then made a safe landing with emergency services on standby.

The plane was serviced, and continued the next leg of the flight carrying 118 passengers to Karachi.

Ill-Run PIA Approaching EU Banned List

Forty uncertified defects found on PK-734 operated by A310 at Paris on 9 Aug 2011 leads the European Union to declare CAA regulatory control “unreliable.” A ban will likely be imposed in March 2012.

DGAC France has been authorized to perform routine inspections on PIA on behalf of EASA since November and has found and documented problems. Pia’s poorly maintained fleet of old Boeing 747 and A310 fleet is already banned. The supposedly penniless airline is making payments on new Boeing 777s and is arranging financing of 1.5 billion for 5 more, and possible 5 more after that.

Flakey and unreliable scheduling of flights has resulted in bad credibility and lack of confidence in the national airline; and that lack of credibility is trickling down to the financing. As recently as March 2, a flight was delayed over 24 hours, and the scene at the airport was described as pure chaos.

TWO Pia Bomb Hoaxes

What: PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310-300 en route from Lahore Pakistan to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Where: Kuala Lumpur
When: Sep 7th 2011
Who: 176 passengers
Why: While en route, Pakistan International Airlines received an email there was a bomb aboard the flight.

The plane landed safely in Kuala Lumpur. No bomb was found.

What: PIA Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-300 en route from Lahore (Pakistan) to Manchester,EN
Where: Istanbul
When: Sep 7th 2011
Who: 378 passengers
Why: While over the black sea, the airline received an email claiming bombs were planed on the flight. The pilots diverted to Istanbul, where the flight was inspected and no bomb was found.

After immediate evacuation, both planes underwent thorough examination.

PIA Engine Vibration Cancels Flight

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Contact photographer Stewart Andrew

What: Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 747 en route from Karachi to Islamabad
Where: Karachi
When: Aug 2nd 2010
Who: 215 passengers
Why: After take off, the pilot detected a vibration in the left engine and returned to the airport to make a safe landing. The origin of the engine vibration may be the bird strike that occurred on July 30.

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