PIA plane clips wing of another aircraft at Toronto airport

Published: January 4, 2017
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An airport worker attends to a damaged wing after a Pakistan International Airlines plane clipped an Air France plane at Pearson International Airport on Jan. 3, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER/@jetstreamphotog

An airport worker attends to a damaged wing after a Pakistan International Airlines plane clipped an Air France plane at Pearson International Airport on Jan. 3, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER/@jetstreamphotog

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane clipped an Air France plane while taxiing to its gate at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Tuesday evening.

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The PIA plane had landed in Toronto from Lahore when it hit the wing tip of an Air France plane that was parked at a gate in Terminal 3 of the airport at 6:00pm, Greater Toronto Airports Authority spokesperson Natalie Moncur said.

Although no one was injured and there was no major damage to the aircraft, passengers had to wait inside the plane for a long time before they were allowed to disembark.

Two and a half hours after the collision, at 9:30pm, Zahid Malik, whose daughter was on the plane from Lahore, told Canadian CityNews he had no idea how much longer he would have to wait for her.

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“I keep calling my daughter,” he said. “She said, ‘We’ll be out in 10 minutes, 20 minutes, half an hour.’ He added, “Every time I speak to her I get different answers. The last time I spoke to her, she said nobody knows where we stand. I’m just really frustrated to be honest with you.”

Another family member of one of the passengers said he had been waiting for more than three hours for his brother, whom he would be driving to Milton. “The immediate concern is at least the people and kids, they should be let out with the luggage,” he said. The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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On Monday, a PIA airhostess was charged with shoplifting in Toronto. According to media reports, Maria Akhund landed in Toronto from Lahore via PIA flight PK797. Akhund was caught stealing in CCTV footage of the department store.

The department store management handed over the footage to police who interrogated the airhostess and the flight captain.

This article originally appeared on City News.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sodomite
    Jan 4, 2017 - 12:10PM

    Sad situation. How come Toronto Airport Authority can’t figure the distance in the parking bay for parked and arriving aircraft. Its their fault for not making this calculation. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 4, 2017 - 12:57PM

    PIA is doing nothing right these days; even cannot taxi properly to the gate.Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Jan 4, 2017 - 1:03PM

    A car has sensors for reversing, how come a pilot does not know the distance between the aircraft? After all PIA always comes in the limelight for the wrong reasons.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 4, 2017 - 4:06PM

    It could be Air France pilots mistake but our inferiority complex blames us for everything. Recommend

  • Ravi
    Jan 4, 2017 - 5:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: unlikely, as the AF plane was parked. But it can be the AT ‘s fault for misguiding the PIA pilotRecommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 4, 2017 - 7:22PM

    Do you want PIA to be banned from Canada? This is how you get an airline banned from Canada – shoplifting personnel and damaging other aircraft.Recommend

  • model10
    Jan 4, 2017 - 7:46PM

    What is our foreign mission doing in these countries ? We should immediately sack all the people working in the Toronto Pakistani Embassy. According to new regulations a goat needs to be sacrificed on the tarmac before landing and before takeoff. To save tax payer money I suggest we immediately raise our own cattle in every embassy as the demand is going to rise for these animals.Recommend

  • MA
    Jan 5, 2017 - 8:02PM

    Intoxicated pilot, maybe!!Recommend

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