A Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) Peshawar-bound flight narrowly escaped a disaster after it developed a mid-air technical fault. As per details, flight PK-218’s hydraulic system went out of order on the way from Abu Dhabi to Peshawar.
The captain of the flight contacted the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and apprised him of the developments, seeking permission to land the flight at Karachi airport.
Upon receiving permission, the pilot safely landed the flight at Jinnah International Airport. A team of PIA engineers is fixing the fault.
PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan confirmed the report, saying that the flight will take off for Peshawar as soon as the repairs are done. He said that the passengers of PK-218 are taken care of.
The flight safety department of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is taking extreme safety measures ever since PIA flight Pk-8303 crashed in Karachi this May – killing 97 of 99 people on board.
Following the investigation report of the crash, which determined that the pilot’s negligence and lack of professionalism had caused the fatal accident, the CAA initiated another inquiry against pilots with dubious licenses. So far, over a hundred licenses have been suspended while another 27 canceled.
The revelation that over 250 Pakistani pilots possess dubious licenses also caused the national airline dearly. Following the disclosure from the Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar, the national carrier’s flights have been banned in the US, the UK, and Europe for at least six months.