PIA launches investigation into PK-213 engine fire

PIA said that its dedicated team of engineers as well as the CAA was investigating the fire.

Web Desk October 07, 2013
The right engine of the plane caught fire mid-flight soon after take-off. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) announced on Monday that it is conducting a thorough investigation into the incidents that led to flight PK-213 catching fire mid-flight, just after take-off from Karachi airport on Sunday.

The plane, an Airbus A-310, was carrying 54 passengers and eight crew members and had departed for Dubai at 10:10pm from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. But just 15 minutes later, the pilot informed the control tower about an engine fire and requested permission for emergency landing.

However, the plane’s internal fire fighting mechanisms had managed to subdue the flames, which had erupted in the right engine of the A-310, before the plane landed back in Karachi.

PIA is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident of flight PK 213 Karachi - Dubai of Sunday night, a PIA spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

PIA added that a team of dedicated PIA engineers is in the process of minutely checking the aircraft engine which developed a fault during flight.

The engine of the aircraft is also being assessed by CAA authorities and the findings will be shared with manufacturer General Electric for their input as well.


Khurram Kaleem | 8 years ago | Reply

With so much energy in this nation .why not someone make it a mission to campaign for a group activity movement to make the concerned authority to improve PIA and other state enterprises .is anybody in Pakistan ready not to criticize and dedicate his time for a peaceful and effective people movement and campaign to improve the state enterprises.like PIA. And Pakistan steel . Alone this movement can save around 150 Bln per annul tax payer money.

M.A.S | 8 years ago | Reply

One of my cousin's travelling from UK on PIA shared some views with me on email. He will be travelling for the first time on PIA since 1976.

"I am coming on the overnight PIA flight because being direct it is so much shorter journey than using one of the Middle East airlines. I have been noticing more and more about PIA since booking and my goodness they do look to be in very significant financial difficulty and a little turmoil according to reports here though the reviews on the service provided are generally very good".

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