Passenger aircraft narrowly escapes disaster near KP’s Cherat
NOWSHERA: A foreign airliner narrowly escaped an accident near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Cherat hill station due to adverse weather conditions, ARY News reported on Thursday.
Source relayed when the Boeing 789 aircraft travelling from Bahrain to Islamabad flew closer to Cherat, the weather deteriorated all of a sudden.
Flying at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, the aircraft’s ground proximity warning system (GPWS) got activated, alerting its pilot of imminent danger of crashing into the hilly area ahead.
The pilot had the presence of mind to instantly change the direction of the plane and fly it to an altitude of 7,000 feet, the sources said and added the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) control air traffic in the Cherat area.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) air traffic controller has forwarded a report in this regard to its headquarters.