PIA plane skids off runway during landing at Islamabad airport

Spokesperson says Skardu bound flight had to return due to technical faults

Salman Siddiqui August 08, 2016

A Pakistan International (PIA) aircraft veered off the runway at Islamabad airport as it attempted to land back following a technical fault.

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"Due to technical issues, a PIA aircraft landed back at Islamabad airport and veered off the runway. Aircraft & all passengers are safe," PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani tweeted.

The A-320 aircraft, bearing flight number PK-451, was bound for Skardu from Islamabad. "PIA aircraft, PK-451, developed hydraulics problems due to which the aircraft had to land back at Islamabad airport," PIA spokesperson said in a message.

The airlines says all the passengers and crew members have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. "An inquiry into the incident is underway," the spokesperson added.

Earlier in June, a Dubai-bound Shaheen Air flight narrowly escaped a crash when its tyres burst just before takeoff at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

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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.

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

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Shaukat ali | 4 years ago | Reply In any developed nation, a single incident like this results in firing of many key personnel and a couple of incidents in the same airline can lead to grounding of the entire airline. Only in Pakistan do they mention it so casually, oh the plane skid off but don't worry everybody is safe!! Then they wonder why no-one wants to fly domestic airlines. If foreign airlines were given domestic routes, all Pakistani airlines would go bankrupt in two weeks.
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