Serene Air jet grounded after accident at Islamabad airport

Published: February 6, 2017
The Serene Air jet is being pulled by the tug machine at Islamabad airport. PHOTO: INP

The Serene Air jet is being pulled by the tug machine at Islamabad airport. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: Newly-launched domestic airline, Serene Air‘s Boeing 737-800 jet was rammed by a tow tug at Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport upon arrival from Karachi.

The $50 million jet was grounded after a vehicle of Islamabad Ground Crew (Royal Airport Services) hit the aircraft, damaging its body.

“A few immediate flights have been cancelled due to the incident,” Serene Air spokesperson told The Express Tribune.

It may take a week to get the damaged plane repaired and bring back into the operations, he added.

Serene Air, which began its flight operations on January 29, was granted a license by the Civil Aviation Authority in October 2016. It is the fourth operational domestic airline; others being Pakistan International Airlines, Shaheen Air and Airblue.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Luqman Hafeez
    Feb 6, 2017 - 6:17PM

    Welcome to business, though It’s not all that ‘serene’ here in Pakistan :)Recommend

  • freakonomist
    Feb 6, 2017 - 8:20PM

    one must file criminal charges against the driver. this one is no more an accident/incident.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 6, 2017 - 8:21PM

    Total incompetence all around: bad jets, bad air crews, bad ground crews and bad management !Recommend

  • javed ali
    Feb 7, 2017 - 8:29AM

    Royal Airport Services is owned by Shujaat Azeem. There is a good chance that this was done on purpose.Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 7, 2017 - 9:47AM

    Name: Royal services, but typical Pakistani Safety Standards. Now bear the costs and at least try to get a lesson.Recommend

  • PakiVampire
    Feb 7, 2017 - 10:14AM

    Dont know why but it looks like a Sabotage attempt from the competition.Recommend

  • Shakil
    Feb 7, 2017 - 4:06PM

    Current Airport is not designed to handle such traffic. Wonder how long will the new airport take?Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali
    Feb 7, 2017 - 4:16PM

    Blood money Royal Services Style.Recommend

  • Whatever
    Feb 7, 2017 - 9:29PM

    Is Serene Airline the next PIA?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 7, 2017 - 11:31PM

    Accidents happen……..period.Recommend

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