In what is probably the most ridiculous news you will hear today, a PIA flight has taken its passengers for a wild ride, literally.
PIA flight PK307, which was bound to go from Lahore to Karachi, actually ended up in Muscat, Oman. The aircraft in question was a Boeing 777-340(ER) jet.
Flight PK307 was scheduled to depart from Lahore at around 9PM last night but it took off early morning today. But instead of landing in Karachi, PIA took all passengers to Muscat.
FlightRadar24 data shows that airliner descended to 10,000 feet, encircled a few times and then continued its flight to ultimately land in Muscat.
Here is the original flight plan for the PK307:
- Lahore to Karachi
And here is where it actually ended up:
PK307 Flight path (Source: FlightRadar24)
Now the passengers are in a foreign land and that too without roaming, meaning that they can’t inform their family about the adventure.
It should be mentioned that PPP President Asif Ali Zardari is also due to arrive in Karachi today afternoon. Elaborate security arrangements have been made with 950 Police personnel deployed and Sharae Faisal in Karachi have been cordoned off for his ‘homecoming.’
PIA spokesperson has clarified that flights were diverted due to fog in Karachi.
Due 2 fog at Karachi 2 flights were diverted 2 Muscat & one to Lahore this morning. Flights now returned 2 Khi. Flight ops at Khi normalized pic.twitter.com/V3BT7O5nSA
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) December 23, 2016
One may wonder that why flight took off in the first place when there was fog at destination, and flight time is just one hour, as if they didn’t know of weather before takeoff.
Secondly, why not bring the jet back to Lahore instead of flying people without passports (since it was a domestic flight) to a foreign land?