ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: In another bizarre episode, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) left the passengers praying for their lives when a Karachi-bound flight, an Airbus A320, took off from Islamabad only to land back at the capital’s airport after developing technical fault.
According to different reports, two attempts were made to fly off the aircraft from Islamabad to Karachi, only for the flight captain to land it back at the capital airport. By the time, the aircraft finally landed in Karachi, it had only 17 passengers on-board as more than 140 had refused to fly on it.
A user also took to Twitter to report the horror he had witnessed on the aircraft. According to him, the plane glided for a while in the air before it was landed.
Onboard PK301. It took off. Engines stopped working. Glided for a while. Thought that this is the end of my temporary life. After extremely scary 10 mins plane landed. Thanks to Allah and this guy.
Waiting to get off this vehicle of death pic.twitter.com/oZrzc3xqqi
— Syed Noman Ali Jafri (@NomanJafri) December 12, 2021
The user was one of the passengers who refused to board the plane after a failed first attempt. As for the PIA, its spokesperson said that the flight was landed the second time because the captain had done so citing safety issues. He also asserted that the airlines did not “compromise on the safety and precautionary measures”.