Muscat airport closed after PIA plane crash lands

Published: February 11, 2013
File photo of a PIA aircraft. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

File photo of a PIA aircraft. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

MUSCAT: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane with about 70 people on board crash-landed on the runway of Oman’s main airport in Muscat on Monday, forcing the cancellation of all flights from the facility, a safety officer said on Monday.

Ali Al Zuwaidi, flight safety director at Muscat International Airport, said the pilot had reported no injuries among the passengers or crew.

“A PIA aircraft crashed on the runway after its landing gear collapsed,” Zuwaidi told Reuters. “We had to close the airport indefinitely until the investigation has been completed,” he added.

Zuwaidi said the scheduled flight by the Boeing 737 aircraft was arriving from Islamabad when it crash-landed.

Muscat airport is undergoing a $7.4 billon extension to expand its runway and terminal building.

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  • Saad Amanullah Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Can somebody from PIA please reply and give an accurate status. Rumours are not good !!


  • Ibaad
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:25PM

    “A PIA spokesperson refuted the reports and said that the aircraft had only experienced a technical fault which did not cause any inconvenience.”

    What a croc of lies! Accidents happen (albeit a little too often on PIA) accept responsibility and fix yourselves, check out the photo on the link below to see what actually happened:


  • Umar Mansoor
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:34PM

    1) Aircraft shown in the photo is not the one from this incident; but the caption says ‘a PIA Aircraft’ so its ok :p
    2) Gear did not break prior to landing. It collapsed upon touchdown.
    3) Report with images:


  • Asim Ali
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:35PM

    They continue to deny. Why do the lie so much? Living in denial.


  • KarachiBaby
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Is there anybody who can ask about their performance??
    The news about PIA, PR, Steel Mill and Govt itself is a constant mental torture to the people of Pakistan.


  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Due to the miserable condition of PIA aircrafts, living in abroad a lot of Pakistanis including me, prefer to travel through other airlines now.


  • M
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Why is this airline still allowed to operate?! How many more lives must be lost for the relevant authorities to have some fear of God. You are playing with peoples lives. Get your act together!


  • Toba Alu
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:42PM


    Better fear bad management and corruption.


  • galib
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:46PM

    how many (functional) aircraft left with PIA now. It seems to be going the railways way. the great institutions of country are being destroyed purposefully by our leaders.


  • amir omani
    Feb 11, 2013 - 7:08PM



  • Haroon
    Feb 11, 2013 - 7:19PM

    As long as there is rampant corruption in Pakistan, PIA and other state institutions will keep deteriorating like this.What a pity.


  • Uzair
    Feb 11, 2013 - 7:35PM

    I do international travel frequently, and sadly I too try to avoid PIA even though it offers direct flights whereas other international carriers require connecting flights through hubs like Dubai. The reason is precisely because PIA’s engineering is very questionable, and this was reinforced to me when I once met a gentleman who works in the maintenance department of the airline. He confirmed that they are chronically understaffed, and most of the staff are political appointees with little or no technical skill.

    Can someone from PIA please explain their maintenance procedures?


  • Kashif
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:26PM

    Here are some photographs from the scene of the incident
    Looks pretty bad.


  • Raed (Aircraft Engineer)
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:36PM

    @Uzair! I agree with you, Politics has destroyed our country’s every department! and and there are many illiterate people in the department who are just taking salaries for nothing! :( I wish Musharraf come back


  • Feb 11, 2013 - 8:44PM



  • MJ
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:44PM

    PIA is the only airline I have never flown with deliberately during the past 25 years that I have stayed abroad. Not because I was overly worried about my safety but because I just could not bear to see such a good airline being mismanaged, confirmed seats given to relatives or influential people at the expense of the original ticket holders, staff at counters, specially at Karachi airport who got politically appointed but did not know how to operate a computer. It breaks my heart to see an airline that was in the 70’s one of the best in the world become such a terrible mess.


  • Jat
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:47PM

    @Kashif: Thanks for the link. At least one engine touched the tarmac and the passengers are very lucky that the friction did not cause sparks and then fire.

    And here is what PIA says,

    “A PIA spokesperson refuted the reports and said that the aircraft had only experienced a technical fault which did not cause any inconvenience.”


  • Jat
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Pakistan should hand over PIA and Railways to the Chinese. And then we will see educated Pakistanis celebrate here on these forums.


  • Feb 11, 2013 - 10:01PM

    Express tribune please put up the right photos…. Its a 737 thats had a gear collapse after touchdown not a 777.
    Lets act professional here at times like these. Its a major repotable event not a rikshaw thats crashes into a vegetable cart


  • Feb 11, 2013 - 10:04PM

    As they say:

    PIA = Please Inform Allah ; that we are about to fly.

    May Allah keep safe all those who fly with PIA….. Ameen !!!!!


  • Imran
    Feb 11, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Hand over PIA charge to Mr Haji Ghulam Ahmad Blour. Being good administrator he will soon bring this airline the No 1 airline in the world


  • meekal a ahmed
    Feb 11, 2013 - 10:31PM

    If these pictures are accurate, then the PIA spokesperson should be fired. But that will not happen.

    I hate to say ‘these things happen’ in airline operations, but they do. Hopefully these Boeing 737-300’s which are now very old will be replaced soon.

    But even new aircrafts and engines are not immune from incidents. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner which was supposed to be the future of aviation has been grounded world-wide because of battery problems which kept over-heating! You would think their engineers might have figured that out before-hand especially considering that the aircraft was delivered three years late.

    And Qantas had an uncontained engine failure on it’s super-jumbo, the Airbus A 380, despite the engine coming from the world-renowned Rolls Royce. Now we are told the A 380 has cracks in it’s wings, which need fixing.

    So these things happen and commercial flying is still the safest way to travel.


  • SAL
    Feb 11, 2013 - 10:57PM

    Anyone knows the age of this a/c? It is 20+ yrs old, and, one will expect such type of incidence from it.


  • Butt
    Feb 11, 2013 - 11:20PM

    You are correct. It should be passed to the Chinese. If the establishment or the politician interfere, the Chinese will refuse giving them more Hatf1X.


  • Hafeez
    Feb 11, 2013 - 11:54PM

    For God’s sake privatize it. And focus on improving and implementing international safety standards for all the airlines in Pakistan. Have some mercy, please!


  • Mani
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:14AM

    Priority of PIA and its pilot MD is to increase salaries and the MD himself has benefitted by Rs 7 Lakh increase monthly. They however have no funds to buy spare parts. The choice being either invest in keeping the aircrafts airworthy or keeping employees happy , so they chose 45 percent raise.


  • Mani
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:17AM

    @meekal a ahmed:
    Which airline in the world increases salaries by 45%, but has no money to buy spares?. Give me a break Sir.


  • John the Baptist
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:23AM

    Flying coffins!


  • UFF
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:42AM

    Man, atleast put up the right pictures. Seriously. Stop slagging guys. Your job isn’t THAAAT hard. Plz. Lol.


  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:49AM

    @meekal a ahmed
    “….Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner which was supposed to be the future of aviation has been grounded world-wide because of battery problems which kept over-heating! ….”

    I have read your posts on different subject but i concur that engineering or physics is not your forte! Comparing faults of a newly designed, one in a class, highly advanced engineering marvel 787-deamliner (note that even “highly” advanced china can’t even design and manufacture a single international quality small jet!!!) with PIA’s badly maintained old boeing jet is at best laughable!

    “…because of battery problems which kept over-heating!”
    This was bound to happen when Boeing started outsourcing parts from china! That’s made in china for you!!


  • Adil Uddin
    Feb 12, 2013 - 7:58AM

    I think that authorities there in Muscat should have disclosed the complete report in public after doing complete investigation on their own.What else are we suppose to see when it comes to PIA’s future now? Corruption has ruined our national airlines.Should we wait till some PIA flight God forbade sinks into sea or some plane of PIA crashes in a foreign land killing not only people on-board but innocent civilians present at the spot too. Haven’t we received enough notifications and warnings yet?


  • KS
    Feb 12, 2013 - 9:14AM

    Pathetic! Don’t know what to think. Life is cheap in Pakistan.


  • Cobrajock
    Feb 12, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Well done, cockpit crew. An emergency well handled. Congratulations.


  • mute_
    Feb 12, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Zinda hai Bhutto Zinda hai!!!!!


  • XYZ
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:53PM

    Dont be too superstitious about PIA


  • SAL
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:05PM

    What that has to do with Bhutto. Just get it in your gray matter BHUTTO IS DEAD and there is nothing six feet under.


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