Dubai-bound Shaheen Air flight narrowly escapes crash at Lahore airport

Published: June 2, 2016
Sources say three tyres of a Shaheen Air passenger plane burst just before take off. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Sources say three tyres of a Shaheen Air passenger plane burst just before take off. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: A Dubai-bound Shaheen Air flight narrowly escaped a crash on Thursday when its tyres burst just before takeoff at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

The engine of Shaheen Air flight NL-766 started making loud noises seconds before takeoff which prompted the pilot to apply emergency breaks to keep the plane on the runway, sources told The Express Tribune.

However, the breaks caused three of the plane’s tyres to burst. No loss of life was reported.


Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) personnel as well as engineers of Shaheen Air reached the spot and started rescue activities.

There were around 160 passengers on-board the flight, however, no one was harmed in the incident, according to sources in the CAA.

Shaheen Air crash-lands in Lahore, CAA denies reports of casualties


Following the incident, CAA announced the primary runway of Lahore airport has been closed for a brief period of time.

This is not the first time a Shaheen Air flight has met with an accident. In November last year, a Lahore-bound Shaheen Air flight, carrying 121 passengers and crew members, had made an ‘emergency landing’ at the Lahore airport as the aircraft skidded off the runway.

The CAA had accused the pilot of the passenger flight of being drunk and fatigued as he flew the plane.

“The allowed blood alcohol concentration level for pilots is 0.03, but the [flight NL-142] pilot’s was 0.83 at the time [of the crash],” a CAA official said.

Earlier this year, a pilot of Shaheen Air passenger plane refused to fly the aircraft after he found a hole in one of the wings of the plane seconds before departing for Saudi Arabia from Peshawar.

Faulty aircraft: Pilot finds hole in Shaheen Air’s plane

An official at Bacha Khan International Airport told The Express Tribune around 330 passengers were scheduled to depart from the airport on flight NL-721 at 10:15pm on Monday, to reach Jeddah.

However, when the pilot reached the cockpit, he saw one of the wings had a hole in it and could possibly crash seconds after taking off from the runway.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Bunty
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:01PM

    Seaped Corruption…not in politician but in every single person… Coruupt people allowing such airlines to fly… and putting the lives in to danger… All they need is money… Ground this whole airline…Recommend

  • Captain
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:54PM

    Wow. “Narrowly escapes crash”.

    No, ET, there was no crash. It was an incident and the fact that it happened and did not take off meant that it occurred before V-1 which is the takeoff speed. Pilots are trained for these situations. This “news” portal has devolved into nothing but a tabloid akin to the Globe or the cheap magazines often found in supermarket checkout aisles. Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:56PM

    Shaheen has the oldest fleet compared to PIA and Airblue. Flying with Shaheen is like jumping on the highway to cross it and hoping you’ll make it.Recommend

  • tazia
    Jun 2, 2016 - 3:00PM

    The heading of the news does not represent true picture !

    Avoid creating panics !Recommend

  • Bunty
    Jun 2, 2016 - 3:45PM


    The issue is not narrowly escaped or incident occured but the issue….

    The potential situation was created… it points to some kind of lackness
    Occuring such incidents again and again with same airline shows, they really does not care about it…

  • Usama
    Jun 2, 2016 - 5:09PM

    Shaheen airlines has problems for a long long time they should upgrade their planes or else govt should ensure that they do not fly with machines from 1980’sRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 2, 2016 - 5:41PM

    Correct, and what should have been written was that: “Shaheen has yet another incident in its long catalog of incidents !” Over to you, Skippy !Recommend

  • Farooq khan
    Jun 2, 2016 - 6:54PM

    The reporter of this knows nothing about Aviation. Similar is the case for all commentators who either do not know facts or have motivation to malign Shaheenair. It is not an accident, just an incident. It can happen to any aircraft in any airline when an engine malfunctions during takeoff and pilot has to reject a take off. During this exercise tires heat up and are designed to deflate, they don’t burst. The reporters of such incidents (that it was, not accident), must use responsible and professional language. Shaheenair is now a top Pakistani Airline which is employing over 2000 Pakistanis and it is growing with its untiring efforts in the right direction.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2016 - 9:20PM

    Dear Farooq Khan & all others who are trying to justify Shaheen Air should have some shame.
    Shaheen has never departed on time, they have worst engineering situations.
    Yes, you can say shaheen in a big airline, but only if you include a junk standing on Karachi Airport too.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:35PM

    @Farooq khan:
    That’s how I said it on the repeated incidents besetting Shaheen. What are you, its point man ?Recommend

  • Azzy
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:52PM

    IS not Shaheen Air a part of the Shaheen Foundation? Methinks it is being overlooked bu CAARecommend

  • javed
    Jun 3, 2016 - 12:04AM

    hi, as i can see the aircraft pictures only but what was the cause of incident is not mentioned.Recommend

  • Mo
    Jun 3, 2016 - 12:20AM

    @Azzy: Shaheen Air is owned by a private international company. Shaheen Foundation has nothing to do with it Recommend

  • shaikhmustafa
    Jun 3, 2016 - 10:05AM

    Thank God, passengers were safe.

    It is time reporting of such incidents is done with some background knowledge/information and responsibility.

    May Allah keep every one safe. AameenRecommend

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