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PIA plane catches fire after take off

Updated Oct 07, 2013 12:50am


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KARACHI: The engine of a plane caught fire soon after take off from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on late Sunday Night.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane PK 213 had taken off from Jinnah Airport and was en route to Dubai, when one of its engines caught fire.

The engine caught fire five minutes after take off, reports suggest.

The plane did not make an emergency landing according to officials.

Over 50 passengers were on the plane when the incident took place. They are all reported to be unhurt.

Several residents in Korangi and nearby areas heard a loud noise as the plane was in flight overhead.

Emergency had been declared at the airport in the aftermath of the incident.

Comments (24) Closed

Shehryar Oct 07, 2013 12:00am

Very good!

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 07, 2013 03:44am

Drunk pilots and now,planes which catch fire on take off?

Time to sell off the air line and let an able management to put things in order?

Ali Oct 07, 2013 03:55am

PIA for sure will loose more loyal frequent flyers with frequency of unfortunate incidents which are due to total lack of efficiency and who cares attitude.

Ali Hassan Oct 07, 2013 04:09am

From a world respected airliner to a national disgrace

Fire everyone and privatize for Gods sakes!!

Charlie Chaplen Oct 07, 2013 04:20am

Army of Jialas hired out of merit and above required capacity are finally taking PIA to its ultimate destination. Amazing stories are heard from PIA every week if not every day.

John M Oct 07, 2013 04:36am

How about doing some actual journalism instead of these half baked reports? What kind of plane was it?

Aussie Oct 07, 2013 04:56am

It's not only the plane, the whole country is on fire.

Yousef Oct 07, 2013 06:16am

Thanks to the heroic efforts of people like Captain Jarrar who kept his calm and cool and landed the plane safely. Thank you for saving lives captain.

M Saleem Chaudhry Oct 07, 2013 06:19am

Another mishap,indicative of Callousness of overstuffed PIA or a manipulative move to make this big corporation on sale, a cheap buy for some stooge.

Anees Oct 07, 2013 07:03am

The planes are a picture of the institutions itself.

vigilant Oct 07, 2013 09:43am

Thats why i don't travel by PIA, because they are drunk people to fly with

sabeeh omer Oct 07, 2013 10:38am

We get to hear stories related to PIA unheard of in other airlines. It is disturbing, it is humiliating and it is embarrassing. It is time that the government revamps the entire structure of PIA, the staff, the facilities the services included. Once known proudly across the globe as "Great people to fly with," it certainly has lived up to its motto. Ironically, today it stands for the possibilities of the unimaginable happening with PIA and indeed true to the saying "great people to fly with" an experience unlike on any other airline!

Ahmer Oct 07, 2013 10:38am

PIA is a disaster waiting to happen.

Abdul Malik Oct 07, 2013 11:04am

When you will have paindoo captains like Humayun Jamil as the new DMD, due him being in the laps of the Sharif, such inflight fires will occur more.

F.R Oct 07, 2013 12:48pm

Great people to fly with.

Gerry D'Cunha Oct 07, 2013 01:21pm

PIA had an excellent slogan 'better people to fly with' until 1960s and 1970s - now at present time PIA slogan should be 'risky people to fly with'

ali ahmed Oct 07, 2013 04:16pm

PIA is a sinking titanic. The only chance of its survival is in selling it to the private party.

haris Oct 07, 2013 08:32pm

@vigilant: Planes catching fire is mainly due to the engineering fault. It has nothing to do with the Pilots.

Sorry to say but your sense of vigilancy is far too low.

haris Oct 07, 2013 08:48pm

Planes catching fire is disastrous. It was mainly an engineering fault. I admit that our national flag carrier is slipping down but these types of incidents happened to many airliners across the world. Only in july 2013, am Ethopian Airline - Boeing Dreamliner 787 caught fire in its engine at Heathrow. And on May 2013, a British Airline aircraft caught fire and made an emergency landing.

There are many more incidents related to 'Engine catching fire' happen around the world.

My sincere advice to my fellow Pakistanis, please think twice before opening your mouth. Nowadays, situation in Pakistan is worse and financial losses for almost all of our institutions and organizations are piling up. But one thing is sure, with your nonsense rants we aren't getting any better soon.

At the end, thanks to Almighty for saving the lives of the people on-board and praise to Captain Jarrar and his crew for tackling the situation in they best way it can be possible.

Dr Atta Oct 07, 2013 09:09pm

@Yousef: Lives were in the Hands of God not the pilot, mind it.

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 08, 2013 12:13am

@John M: Badly maintained plane?

Burhan Oct 09, 2013 04:06am

I see all people talking about PIA having financial losses and PIA going down the drain if you were to talk about PIA please check the history of PIA plane crashes or PIA saftey hazard you will find the least amount of cases possible, other major international airlines have more air crash histories than PIA.

PIA going in financial losses is not because of government its because of us people how many times have you seen people protesting wrong doings in any government institutions? Block Facebook and people will be on the road protesting but when it comes to auditing our national assets people are least bothered and that gives chances to corrupt people to run their feudal show.

We need to wake up as a nation to improve even ALLAH SWT does not change the luck of a nation which is not willing to change themselves.

Ather Akbari Oct 09, 2013 07:56am

Did the plane return to Karachi when it caught fire? It is not clear from the news item

syed Oct 09, 2013 11:01am

"The engine caught fire five minutes after take off, reports suggest.

The plane did not make an emergency landing according to officials."

Caught fire but did not make an emergency landing?? I am sure it is a silly typing error by Dawn.