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PIA aircraft collides with another plane at Karachi airport

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft collided with another plane while taxiing at the Jinnah International Airport, ARY News reported on Saturday. As per details, a PIA’s ATR plane hit a stationary aircraft at the plane engineering hanger during a run-up. As a result, the wings of the ATR aircraft got damaged. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has taken notice of the incident which is said to have occurred due to engineers’ negligence. A probe has been ordered into the incident of the collision…

2016 marred with huge financial losses for PIA

KARACHI: The year 2016 proved to be one of the worst in Pakistan International Airline (PIA) history with graph of collective financial losses flying high in numbers, ARY News reported. Once considered to be the symbol of respect for Pakistan across the globe, the airline has become bankrupt. The overall losses to the national flag carrier crossed Rs350 billion in 2016 due to mismanagement and defective strategy. The protest of PIA employees which started in January against privatization continued for 10 days in…

CAA clears one grounded ATR jet after inspection

ISLAMABAD: One of the 10 ATR jets of Pakistan International Airlines has been cleared for flights by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after inspection, ARY News reported on Friday. According to PIA spokesman, one ATR-42 aircraft was cleared in shakedown test. He added that flights from Islamabad to Gilgit & Chitral will be made operational following the clearance. Good News: One ATR-42 aircraft has been cleared in shakedown test. Flights from Islamabad to Gilgit & Chitral would now be made operational — Danyal…

London: Karachi bound PIA flight departs after 26-hour delay

LONDON: A Karachi-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight departed for its destination from London after a 26-hour long delay, ARY News reported on Tuesday. PIA flight PK-788, scheduled to fly from London's Heathrow Airport to Karachi's Jinnah Terminal, delayed by nearly 26 hours due to technical issues. The 350 passengers boarding the flight to Karachi passed a miserable time with severe problems due to the delay. They were accommodated in a hotel by the PIA administration. PIA has been a target of…

PK-661 crash probe: Special ATR team to reach Pakistan in next 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to give a helping hand in a recent deadly plane crash probe that killed 47 including Junaid Jamshed, a popstar-turned-Muslim evangelist, a special team of the France-based turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR would reach the capital in the next 24 hours, officials confirmed on Saturday. A five-member specialist team of ATR would meet the Safety and Investigation Board (SIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to get a breakthrough as officials began DNA of the victims. Must Read: The voice…

PIA dispels safety concerns of ATR aircraft

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has clarified that ATR is perfectly safe for flying and is useful and economical on short haul flights in both hot and cold weather conditions. Spokesman PIA Danyal Gilani in his reply to media reports regarding ATR not being a safe aircraft, he said several of these aircraft are being operated by airlines in India and Europe. He said that the media reports suggesting that there was some known defect in the aircraft before its last flight are also totally baseless. He…

PK-661 crash probe: ATR offers to send specialist team to Pakistan

KARACHI: As officials in Pakistan struggle to find out the cause of the deadliest plane crash in four years that killed 47 people including Junaid Jamshed, a popstar-turned-Muslim evangelist and began collecting DNA of the victims, France-based turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR on Friday offered a helping hand in the investigation. An ATR-42 aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call on Wednesday before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board. Engine trouble was initially…

PIA briefs PM about PK-661 crash; says ATR-42 was airworthy in all respects

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday chaired a meeting in PM House to inquire about the circumstances which led to the December 7 crash of a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane. The plane crash killed 47 people including the famous religious personality and Naat Khawan Junaid Jamshed. Chairman PIA, secretary aviation division, DG civil aviation and CEO PIA briefed the prime minister about the tragedy and maintained that the flight crew and pilots were highly experienced and professional with…