PCAA orders probe into private flight mishap

Karachi: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has ordered probe into private flight mishap at Lahore airport.

A PCAA release here Tuesday said Shaheen Air International Flight No. NL-142 B-737 aircraft with total 121 passengers including 02 infants and 07 crew members from Karachi landed at AIIAP Lahore at 0927 hours. Soon after landing at secondary runway, the aircraft dragged on to the runway and went off the runway about 1000 feet short from the end into ‘Kachcha’ area. The aircraft stopped at a distance of about 70 feet west of the runway edge. While noticing the abnormal movement of aircraft on the runway after landing, CAA ATCOs at the Control Tower reported the incident to the CAA Fire Station. CAA Fire Crash Tenders rushed to the site.

In the meantime, Airport Manager AIIAP Lahore Mr. Rashid Hussain and other CAA officials reached the site and immediately evacuated the passengers and crew members from the aircraft. The passengers were taken to Lounge and they were taken care of by CAA officials. It is also worth mentioning here that no passenger or crew member was injured. Since the incident took place on the secondary runway of Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, the main runway was operational without any hindrance and no flight was delayed.

Director General PCAA has ordered an inquiry to investigate the happening of incident and the safety investigation team has started investigation to find the cause of incident. Moreover, as a precautionary measure, CAA is ensuring inspection of all aircrafts.