A flight of Pakistan’s national carrier on Saturday landed in Lahore due to low visibility and asked passengers on board to travel by bus to their destination, according to a media report.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Abu Dhabi in the UAE to Rahim Yar Khan landed at the Lahore airport reportedly due to low visibility, Geo News reported.The airline staffers offered to take the passengers to their desired destination by a bus. However, the passengers turned down the offer and refused to leave the plane.Following this the airline staffers switched off the plane’s air-conditioning system, resulting in suffocation of passengers, including minors.
The approximate distance from Lahore to Rahim Yar Khan is 625 km.The passengers said they had asked the airlines to drop them at Multan Airport which is 292 km from Rahim Yar Khan. PTI
Low visibility is a normal thing. In the world of aviation, flights often face the issue of low visibility and make emergency landings. In such situations, the airline usually puts passengers on another flight once the visibility becomes better.
But things are different in Pakistan. The reports say that PIA staffers offered to take the passengers all the way to Rahim Yar Khan by…bus. This, too, might sound a bit okay till you realize that Rahim Yar Khan is 625 kilometers from Lahore.
The Nation reports that there were 105 passengers in the flight Pk-296. Poor visibility had forced the plane to first landed at Sialkot and then at Lahore.
And PIA got angry reactions and jokes on Twitter:
— Aisha Shylock (@chaandbeti) November 5, 2017
— Mohamed (DNS) (@DubaiNameShame) November 5, 2017
The irony. On its last New York flight, PIA leaves behind two bodies at the JFK. Coffins were booked for Lahore. https://t.co/i3C2ft7N0B
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) November 1, 2017