ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has rejected media reports that one of its aircraft took off despite technical fault.
The airline said in a statement that the aircraft was instead probably hit by a bird or some other foreign object.
“Reference media reports regarding PIA’s flight PK-719 (Lahore-Milan-Paris) having a technical fault before its take off from Lahore, it is clarified that such reports are totally baseless and misleading. The aircraft was fully airworthy at the time of takeoff from Lahore,” the country’s national carrier said in a statement on Sunday.
“Probably a bird or some other foreign object hit the tail of the aircraft, slightly damaging it, shortly before it landed at Milan. This was detected during route inspection carried before each flight. The passengers who had to travel onward to Paris were sent through another airline. The aircraft is being repaired and would soon be made operational,” the statement said.
PIA has been experiencing turbulent times as recently one of its domestic flight crashed, killing all people onboard including one of Pakistan’s famous singer-turned scholar Junaid Jamshed.