Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:07 am

PIA issues statement about aircraft fire at Jeddah airport


Pakistan International airlines (PIA) has denied that one of its aircraft caught fire at Jeddah airport on Tuesday.

“Media reports regarding an incident of fire on a PIA aircraft at Jeddah airport are not correct. In fact, there was some problem due to which generator of the aircraft shut down. After this, as per standard procedure, the aircraft was parked back at the bay. The flight PK-740 would be operated after the rectification of the defect, said Danyal Gilani, spokesperson of the national carrier of Pakistan.

Last week, a PIA plane crashed in Pakistan, killing all 47 people on board. Chairman Azam Saigol resigned after the incident.

The aircraft suffered engine problems soon after takeoff from the mountainous region of Chitral last Wednesday, but it is not clear what caused the crash about 50 km (31 miles) from the capital, Islamabad, its destination.

Citing unidentified sources, Pakistani English-language newspaper The News said Saigol had come under pressure to resign following the crash.

On Monday, PIA grounded its fleet of 10 European-made ATR planes after Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority decided to conduct “shakedown tests” of the carrier’s entire ATR fleet.

Officials say the crashed ATR-42 aircraft, built in 2007, had racked up 18,739 flight hours since joining PIA’s fleet that year and the plane’s captain, Saleh Janjua, had logged more than 12,000 flight hours over his career.

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