PIA plane skids off Lahore airport runway

Published: August 31, 2012
PIA says plane skidded due to heavy rain; passengers, crew members remain unhurt. PHOTO: PPI

PIA says plane skidded due to heavy rain; passengers, crew members remain unhurt. PHOTO: PPI

PIA says plane skidded due to heavy rain; passengers, crew members remain unhurt. PHOTO: PPI PIA says plane skidded due to heavy rain; passengers, crew members remain unhurt. PHOTO: PPI

LAHORE: The passengers and crew members remained unhurt when a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane skidded off the runway on its landing due to heavy rain, said a PIA spokesperson on Friday.

The ATR plane, flight PK-653, was on a routine flight from Islamabad to Lahore and was carrying 42 passengers and four crew members.

According to PIA, the pilot controlled the plane when it skidded but the main gear of the aircraft collapsed.

The PIA said that the damage of the aircraft will be assessed and an inquiry will be conducted into the incident.

The runway for larger aircrafts at the airport, on which the incident took place, was closed down immediately after, however the other runway for smaller aircrafts remains functional.

Some earlier reports suggested that the plane had made a crash landing and the flight staff and passengers sustained minor injuries. However, the PIA spokesperson negated the reports.

Earlier today, a Lahore-bound PIA plane made an emergency landing in Quetta due to technical problems.

It was earlier reported that almost a third of PIA flights have suffered delays this year due to technical and administrative reasons, dealing a severe blow to the national flag carrier’s business.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the plane was resting on its “left” instead “right” side. The error is regretted.

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  • Aug 31, 2012 - 3:47PM

    PIA and Pakistan Railways should be privatized. State-owned companies have no future in Pakistan.


  • Yo!!
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:47PM

    an ATR. not the one shown in picture.


  • M.Aswad Mehtab
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:50PM

    2 in a day.. thank God a big disaster is avoided …Recommend

  • Maverick
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:51PM

    ‘Crash landing’, ‘Faulty landing’- please make up your mind. The photo suggests otherwise.

    Get your facts right ET!


  • Asim Ali
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:54PM

    This democracy continues to bring disasters for the country


  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:55PM

    So that is two in one day. Good job PIA.


  • Riaz Khan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:57PM

    I sense some conspiracy! Might be RAW involved.


  • Pakistani!
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Its a crap airline!


  • Noor
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:11PM

    When will we get some good news? :-(
    Why everything is falling apart?
    Who will correct it?

    Hay koyi jawab hukumrano?


  • Aug 31, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Please ask PIA to stop operation of flights and send the staff to home to rest and lease the aircraft to other airlines for business. This team is not able to operate airline and Rao Qamar has accepted sick organization for his insult ever. Rao Qamar Suleman has no potential to treat such jackals. This air line needs Malik Noor Khan late Air Marshal or a man from Attock (poor & honest district) only who can bring healthy airline in Pakistan.
    If you want to sale this airline I can request UAE authorities to buy it.


  • Akshaf
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:27PM

    its bending on its right side and the news say left side ?? I dont get it :/


  • Perplexed
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:33PM

    @PakPower: this does not sound like a leftist liberal stance!


  • ahmed
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:40PM

    pia needs to be put to death …let us not prolong the misery.


  • Wowemkay
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Oh please what are you saying? Malik has not received any information of anything wrong with anything..yet!!! And my friends 8 month old Suleymon would do a better job than the guy heading the national airline.Recommend

  • Polpot
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:51PM

    @Riaz Khan: I sense some conspiracy! Might be RAW involved.””
    You may have doubts but I am sure!


  • Polpot
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Last time it was a passenger that was asleep Karachi to Paris & Back.
    This time it was the pilot.


  • PK
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:54PM

    It is amazing how many pakistanis emerge out of nowhere and pass on ‘intellectual’ comments on such incidents. Privatisation has nothing to do with this. These sort of incidents happen, its an operational hazard. You people only see negative side of our national carrier, anyone has the slightest idea of the recent improvements going on in PIA? I bet not.
    A nation of complainers.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Thanks God, passengers and staff members are safe. In present circumstances, you are very lucky if your travel completes without any incident.


  • Truth Detector
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:04PM

    It is time to ground PIA or privatize it… it is a clear and present danger to the safety of public.


  • Maher
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:09PM

    I don’t understand that why people fly from PIA.


  • Muzaffar
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:20PM

    what can you expect when all the PPP jiyalas are incharge


  • Kafi hoegaya
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Please sell this airline to Turkish ,Lufthansa ,Emirates or who so ever would buy it …it is a dumping ground for political appointments and even former Taxi Drivers are in big executive jobs at PIA….


  • Naeem
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Every Govt run institution is in ruins and yet PPP, PMLN and allies have the audacity to claim to form the next Govt.


  • RH
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:33PM

    @PK: “anyone has the slightest idea of the recent improvements going on in PIA?” Care to enlighten us?


  • romey
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:35PM

    to PK: Seems that you dont use PIA or other government institutions. You have people to do your job otherwise you would also complain.


  • ayaz ahmad khan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:42PM

    someone also saw steam blowing from the ATR and rescue cars


  • freeman
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:42PM

    UNIONISM has killed the PIA,railways, steel mill and all other institutions. We gave rights to those who are yet to realize their duties.


  • Ahsan Mlk
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:51PM


    Those sectors where a monopoly would exist even after supposed privatization have absolutely no benefit of being privatized as it defeats the purpose altogether.
    Railways cannot be privatized like in most other countries. Also, a state owned airline cannot be privatized because it takes away the strategic advantage it has in building ties with other countries and servicing areas in the country that would otherwise be commercially non-viable.
    Besides, the condition they are in today…it will be difficult to find a buyer unless at a throwaway price.


  • Analyzer
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:59PM

    May Allah keep us all safe.


  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:02PM

    hydroplaned off the runway due to water on the runway or maybe one of the propellers developed faulty feather, pilot’s error, strong crosswind gust, fault braked, collapsed landing gear due to hard landing … can be several reasons for coming off the runway


  • Doorandesh
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Thanks PPP jiyalas!!! Should we find some fault with CJP on this one also?


  • Khan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:25PM


    Privatisation has nothing to do with this

    It has everything to do with privatization, internal changes will never sort out this mess, the fault is in our society and the the laid back attitude of our people and their unprofessional attitude. There are thousands of employees in PIA & PR, they don’t have to fear any thing for their unprofessional attitude, once privatize every single employee will have to work for fearing of losing their job including the MD thus will become profit oriented organization. Since these are our state owned departments we can privatize part of it while State can be 30-40% stake holder in it. Any one who cares for this country would support its privatization, only those will oppose it who are politicians, corrupt or naive.
    I always want to use PIA so that my money can go to my country but after flying once in it, the second I boarded it, I regret it so much that will never board it again. A perfect looking Boeing from outside but interior was like a local bus, and just to earn some commission they had to put ugly looking sear covers, for one passenger we had to wait for more than 45 minutes on international flight, people were roaming around as it was some wedding party.


  • maz3tt
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:40PM

    let indus airline take over pia. everything will be fine.


  • liaqat ali
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Let PPP not play with national instituions like PIA, PR, and PSM etc.They and their allies must not use them to stuff their supporters without merit or qualifications.Let these work as independent commecrial organizations.Privatize them ASAP after getting rid of the dead meat.


  • Perplexed
    Aug 31, 2012 - 7:10PM

    To all those leftist liberals advocating privatization, don’t you think Air Blue and Shaheen Air should also be privatized!?


  • Aug 31, 2012 - 7:12PM

    With the improvements only, crash landing in airports or otherwise it would be Arabian sea or mountains. Now the question is whether there exist any cameras in the airport to shoot take-off and landing of at least international flights.


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Aug 31, 2012 - 7:19PM

    It is time that PIA should be run as a business and not some ones personal property like so many of our ruling class treats it. First take it out of the defense department, they have no business running an airline. Make it lean and mean and don’t bring in political flunkies to run the airline.STOP POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS. hire talented people.. THERE ARE PLENTY OF THEM IN PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Aug 31, 2012 - 7:19PM

    PIA was a great company which was perfectly run before the current govt and would become perfect again when the next govt takes over. The same is true for the Railways and other problems of the country including corruption.


  • Kashif
    Aug 31, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Com’on guys, PIA is only trying to thrill it’s passengers -:) Nothing serious


  • Maryam
    Aug 31, 2012 - 8:31PM

    To everyone bringing politics and PIA’s bad management into this- all I want to do is laugh. All airlines have incidents, a perfectly well managed airline in a perfect political environment would have as much of a chance of an untoward incident as PIA does. So please, get off their case.


  • Aug 31, 2012 - 8:35PM

    PIA= Please Inform Allah that we are about to fly. :( God save the countrymen !


    Aug 31, 2012 - 8:44PM

    should not be landing in rain and wind


  • MK
    Aug 31, 2012 - 8:49PM

    For all those blaming PIA they should know that there is a thing called bursting of Tire..Ever heard of it ? NO maybe…the pilot apparently can not jump out of the plane and reply those who are here to talk lame about the pilot…PIA..plane everything…it happens around the world so please everybody get your facts straight and thank Allah that nothing extremely bad happened because everybody needs to stop the blame game …its high time it needs to be stopped !

    p.s. all those talking about corruption in PIA please tell me that you all are corruption free too or should you all be sold to Emirates, Lufthansa etc to be fixed :pRecommend

  • khurram mansoor
    Aug 31, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Yo!!: its an ATR


  • Pops
    Aug 31, 2012 - 11:35PM

    @Riaz Khan: RAW is not responsible for servicing PIA aircraft. It,s a crap airline.


  • Truth Speaks
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Landing gears of brand new aircrafts like ATR do not collapse, unless they are subjected to abnormal stresses, such as hard landing, or landing with not wings level, with all the impact taken by one side of the main landing gear. This accident is due to pilot error. It is time to investigate the irregularities in pilot recruitment with allegation of money being taken ranging from Rs4 to Rs 6 million by former MD, who in the previous tenure of PPP was found guilty of similar irregularities in pilot induction by an investigation carried out by AVM Mushaf Mir. PIA’s 3 ATRs are now grounded because of similar accidents and these aircrafts are hardly 4 to 5 years old.


  • Truth Speaks
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:44AM

    @Maryam:—I don’t agree madam because PIA has had more accidents in last 10 years than any other scheduled airline in the region, or even compared to its own previous record.


  • Cobrajock
    Sep 1, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Well done crew. Irrespective of the reasons, I am sure you did your best and thats why all those aboard walked away, safe.


  • Ali
    Sep 1, 2012 - 1:56AM

    do we need terrorists or taliban or target killing to kill us?….no, just Fly PIA !


  • Azi
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:03AM

    For God sake…cancel the flight heading towards heavy rain areas. Save lives not money, God what kind of human beings are these….


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 4:22AM

    Too many benefits, extra staff that is not needed, a system based on donut-eating supervision, and very little actual work. My mother arrived in Lahore on the previous flight and I am forbidding her to use air travel for Islamabad-Lahore from now on.


  • A passenger
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:35AM

    Two months ago the same plan was about to crash and ALLAH pak blessed us with new life. Two things I don’t understand, 1 . Why they operate small plan to islamabad . 2 why don’t we go by car its much easer and better than plan ?


  • Truth Speaks
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:33PM

    There will be an eyewash of an investigation, just like the fate of similar investigations into PIA Fokker Crash, Airblue crash and Bhoja crash as long as this nexus between the corrupt bribe and commission dominate nexus that controls PIA, CAA and Min of Def are in control. recently a PIA passenger bound for Paris went unnoticed by PIA local staff at Paris and nothing happened.


  • Meekal A Ahmed
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:53PM


    Lucky there was no fire. That usually results in fatalities.

    I am sorry to hear about this accident/incident since PIA just got high marks for flight safety and engineering excellent from the EU. No defects were found! These things happen; so PIA needs to maintain the standards they have achieved. Recommend

  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:14PM

    @Dr.Meekal A Ahmed……I fully agree with you except that PIA at present don’t have good managers to cope with international standards,hence losses.


  • A. A. khan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 8:02PM

    zinda mesal of sifarshi culture ie; 100% Pakistani culture. We will never come out from this system. Result is clear. Please honestly search out, Do we observe provincial quota honestly. Never ever because majority do not want to be in Discipline.So many accidents and incidents we have seen and observe daily. BUT WE ARE FREE FROM ALMIGHTY ALLAH FEAR. Then we show the result daily but we will remain careless. Recommend

  • Meekal A Ahmed
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:41PM

    @Truth Speaks:

    Can you list the accidents (not incidents)that PIA has had in the past ten years?


  • Fact
    Sep 2, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Technical snags and crashes with aircrafts do happen all across the globe and almost all airline face it one time or another. What happening with PIA is more frequent and that is the issue. Being an huge supporter of PIA, you must be aware of a news as recently as March 2012 appeared in www . thenews. com . pk stating that European Union (EU) suspends PIA safety certificate. What does it mean, it means there is a danger of PIA being suspended from flying to European Nations. Is it not enough to put PIA, the natioal carrier to put to shame. I am not saying just for the sake of commenting, check out the website I have given in my comments and one will know the fact.


  • Fact
    Sep 2, 2012 - 7:14PM

    You said it right, technical snags and crashes with aircrafts do happen all across the globe and almost all airline face it one time or another. What happening with PIA is more frequent and that is the issue. Being an huge supporter of PIA, you must be aware of a news as recently as March 2012 appeared in www . thenews. com . pk stating that European Union (EU) suspends PIA safety certificate. What does it mean, it means there is a danger of PIA being suspended from flying to European Nations. Is it not enough for PIA, the national carrier to put to shame. I am not saying just for the sake of commenting, check out the website I have given in my comments and one will know the fact.


  • MK
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @ fact
    agree with what you said regarding the EU but the talk here is about the blame game.
    I dont remember any incident where people didnt blame and appreciated something.
    same is the case with this one. ATR as you can see is a small plane. nobody could have figured that this was going to happen. This was in fact a very good effort by the pilot that passengers are safe and that plane did not catch fire or any other such thing happened. For those saying no flying in rain thats lame too..I do not know if you remember or not but in NYC few years back a plane landed in water as it faced some problems right after the take off..they appreciated the pilot for saving the people instead of blaming the airline, management, pilots etc. People need to realize its high time instead of criticizing do something if you cant at least know who you are pointing your fingers towards.


  • Sep 3, 2012 - 1:20AM

    MK is still demanding appreciations to pilot who landed at wing with an example of Hudson river landing. Mr I guess you woke up from sleep or comparing with closed eyes. Hudson river case was result of best pilot drill, who saved human lives. Mr that plane was hit by 10s of birds during take off. “BIRD HIT” is not human error, his both engine sucked birds into intake. Still he glided into water with all precautions of life jackets and boats.
    I been flying with Mark Aveline ” French Pilot in age of 66 years he still use to do complete pilot drill starting from pitot cover removed,intake covers removed, etc etc. till he start-up and keep whispering oh my EGT is normal, oil pressure both engine fantastic, ASI at true speed altimeter at set height, my Bezu ball in straight & level position until he lands back. But your Pakistani pilot keep reciting b.c. & b.c. (bad word Gali hai) with. Trust me I noted many times. They are upset minded. Your controllers are worried about salary or politics. Discussing un-necessary things. Go in control tower listen what they do in. Still with old fashion and abusing the PM or CM or CJ.
    Don’t be advocate to sick people, ask them to use donkey cart instead of CAR, PIA, Pakistan Railway & go criminal instead of working hard with honesty.
    Either Remove the culprits & looters from head post of the country, bring sincere and qualified. Who have pain for the nation, there is no Islam or Taliban they all are criminals using name of Islam this all is due to unjust to nation’s able lot.


  • MK
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:36AM

    I am pretty sure that the pilot is a man of honor. We all must stop judging and wait for the investigation to be done. After investigation everything would be clear, Whether it is pilot’s fault or not will be determined. Let’s us all have patience and not try to criticize and comment on what we do not know about.


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