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    PIA plane skids off Lahore airport runway

    PIA plane skids off Lahore airport runway

    By Web Desk
    Published: August 31, 2012


    PIA says plane skidded due to heavy rain; passengers, crew members remain unhurt. PHOTO: PPI
    LAHORE: The passengers and crew members remained unhurt when a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane skidded off the runway on its landing due to heavy rain, said a PIA spokesperson on Friday.

    The ATR plane, flight PK-653, was on a routine flight from Islamabad to Lahore and was carrying 42 passengers and four crew members.

    According to PIA, the pilot controlled the plane when it skidded but the main gear of the aircraft collapsed.

    The PIA said that the damage of the aircraft will be assessed and an inquiry will be conducted into the incident.

    The runway for larger aircrafts at the airport, on which the incident took place, was closed down immediately after, however the other runway for smaller aircrafts remains functional.

    Some earlier reports suggested that the plane had made a crash landing and the flight staff and passengers sustained minor injuries. However, the PIA spokesperson negated the reports.

    Earlier today, a Lahore-bound PIA plane made an emergency landing in Quetta due to technical problems.

    It was earlier reported that almost a third of PIA flights have suffered delays this year due to technical and administrative reasons, dealing a severe blow to the national flag carrier’s business.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the plane was resting on its “left” instead “right” side. The error is regretted.

    PIA plane skids off Lahore airport runway – The Express Tribune
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    Air traffic remains suspended at Lahore airport's main runway
    By Web Desk
    Published: September 1, 2012

    LAHORE: Departure and arrival of larger aircraft on the main runway at Allama Iqbal International Airport remained suspended for the second day after it was closed to air traffic on Friday following the faulty landing of a PIA aircraft, Express News reported on Saturday.

    PIA flight PK653, inbound from Islamabad, skidded off the main runway of Lahore’s airport and onto the shoulder while landing.

    The main runway remained closed on Saturday as authorities attempted to remove the plane from the runway shoulder. The reason for the delay in moving the aircraft is reportedly the downpour which was initially believed to be the cause of the accident.

    Reasons for the accident are being investigated; however initial investigations, based on statements from air traffic control (ATC) and the pilot, have revealed that the pilot attempted to land the plane some 500ft before the touchdown point.

    Authorities attempting to move the plane off the runway say it could take up to 3 hours to reopen the runway for larger aircraft.

    It was earlier reported that almost a third of PIA flights have suffered delays this year due to technical and administrative reasons, dealing a severe blow to the national flag carrier’s business.

    Air traffic remains suspended at Lahore airport’s main runway – The Express Tribune
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    Thankful there was no loss of life......

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