LONDON: Tariq Ranjha, pilot of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, put the lives of 70 passengers at stake as he landed the aircraft at London Heathrow Airport here in London despite bring refused by the control tower, ARY News reports on Sunday.
According to sources, the control tower denied the request of landing the aircraft in the city due to the weather conditions. However, Ranjha kept insisting on landing the aircraft in London as the medical condition of a passenger, named Qasim Abu Bakar, was deteriorating.
He kept flying the aircraft in the skies of London despite the bad weather and also wasted fuel worth of millions. The control tower kept sending the message to the PIA pilot to divert the aircraft towards Manchester and Leeds.
However, the pilot's request was finally accepted after an hour and was allowed to land the plane in the rough conditions.
After the landing, the aircraft was searched for 40 minutes by London Metropolitan Police and the passengers were finally allowed to leave the plane after being cleared.
Britain's civil aviation have warned PIA to hold a proper investigation against the pilot of the fact that why he landed the aircraft despite the rough conditions. They added that the medical care could have been provided in Manchester and Leeds if the pilot landed the plane there.