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PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle

Amna Ansar Feb 25, 2017
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Pakistan International Airline admitted taking extra passengers on their flight of January 20. Despite of every seat being filled 7 passengers were allowed to stand at aisle during a flight to Madina.

The total seating capacity of the jet was 409 but PIA carried 416 passengers.

The news became viral after the investigation of Dawn newspaper. This was happened due to the staff of jet, because they issued extra handwritten passes to the passengers.

According to the experts, passengers would not have had enough oxygen to breathe in case of any emergency.

Dawn has claimed that Pakistan’s Civil Aviation has not taken any action against airline or its staff as they put the lives of passengers at risk.

Flight captain Anwer Adil claimed that he was not aware of extra passengers until after take-off.

Flight captain told that senior officer hasn’t informed me about extra passengers before the air craft door closed. After take-off I was informed but then it was not possible for me to land back at Karachi as it required a lot of fuel dumping which was not in favour of airline.

The spokesman of PIA Daniyal Gilani told to BBC that the matter is under enquiry and action will be taken against the one who is responsible behind the matter.

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