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PIA plane skids off runway during landing at Gilgit airport

Updated July 20, 2019

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The PIA ATR aircraft is seen resting on its side after the incident. — Photo provided by Imtiaz Ali Taj
The PIA ATR aircraft is seen resting on its side after the incident. — Photo provided by Imtiaz Ali Taj
Passengers are seen leaving the aircraft after it veered off the runway. — Photo provided by Imtiaz Ali Taj
Passengers are seen leaving the aircraft after it veered off the runway. — Photo provided by Imtiaz Ali Taj

A passenger airc­raft of the Pakistan Int­erna­tional Airlines (PIA) escaped accident after it skidded off the runway while landing at Gilgit airport on Saturday.

All passengers remained safe in the incident, the airlines' spokesperson, Mashhood Tajwar, said in a statement.

He said the pilot skillfully regained control of the plane after the ATR-42 aircraft "slid off to the unpaved [area] to a minor extent during landing".

The flight PK-605 was carrying 53 people, including crew members, from Islamabad to Gilgit, according to the Gilgit deputy commissioner. The aircraft was pictured resting on its right side after coming to a halt in a grassy area next to the tarmac.

The runway at Gilgit airport was temporarily closed after the incident. When it reopened, PIA's return flight PK-608 took off for Islamabad.

PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik ordered a "transparent inquiry" into the incident, the spokesperson said.

He added that action would be taken as per aviation rules if any negligence is proven during the investigation.

The two pilots of the flight involved in the incident have been grounded till the completion of the probe, Tajwar revealed.


With additional reporting by Imtiaz Ali Taj in Gilgit.