DUBAI: Pakistan’s private carrier Shaheen Air has refuted media reports that one of its flight took off with engines tied with wires and chains.
“Shaheen Air completely rejects baseless and false reports which claimed that the airline used flimsy wires and chains to tie together engine components of its Airbus A330 on Shaheen Air flight NL 901. The method used is an official Airbus approved method for the prevention of unwanted movement of fasterners, connectors, unions of parts that turn. The specific images shows, are an application of the Airbus approved wirelocking method in manufacturer’s Approved Maintenance Manual,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday.
Pakistani television channel had earlier reported that the private carrier flew with engines tied with ropes and wires.
The airline threatened to take legal action against the television channel.
“The airline regrets such sensationalizing false news which creates a negative and fearful environment for the travelling Pakistani public, the aviation industry of Pakistan and for the perception of Pakistan as a whole,” the airline said in the statement.
The private airline currently operates a fleet of 24 aircraft and has been in operations for nearly 24 years, enjoying excellent air safety record.
Shaheen Air Issues Rebuttal to False News pic.twitter.com/thgNGO3xqo
— Shaheen Airline (@ShaheenAirline) January 26, 2017