Tracing 8 fatal plane crashes of Pakistan airlines between 1965 and 2020

Here is a look at previous fatal crashes of Pakistani International Airlines between 1965 and 2020.
Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020.(AP)
Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020.(AP)
Updated on May 22, 2020 10:04 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByKamal Siddiqi | Edited by Arpan Rai

A Pakistani International Airlines flight with 99 people onboard crashed on Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. According to the officials, there were at least three survivors from the plane, and it was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt, with at least five houses destroyed.

News agency Associated Press reported that a transmission of the pilot Sajjad Gul’s final exchange with air traffic control, posted on the website LiveATC.net, indicated he had failed to land the aircraft and was circling over the congested neighbourhood of Model Colony to make another attempt.

Airworthiness documents showed that the plane last received a government check last year on November 1. The international airline’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate n April 28 confirming that all due maintenance of the aircraft that crashed had been conducted. The aircraft, certificate stated, is “fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards.

The papers confirming the ill-fated aircraft’s ownership showed that the Airbus A320 had been previously used by China Eastern Airlines from 2004 to 2014, following which it was inducted in PIA's fleet, news agency AP reported.

Here is a look at previous fatal crashes of Pakistani International Airlines:

1965 - PIA Flight PK 705: A Boeing 720 airliner crashed on May 20, 1965 while descending at Cairo International Airport. Of the 121 passengers and crew on board, all but 6 were killed. This was the inaugural flight of the airline to Cairo which crashed on its efforts to land. The accident, the fourth and worst involving a Boeing 720, was the deadliest to occur in Egypt at the time and remains the third-deadliest.

1966 - PIA Flight PK 17: On February 2, 1966, a Sikorsky S-61 twin-engined helicopter crashed near Faridpur on a flight from Dhaka to Faridpur after an oil leak developed in the aircraft and the main gearbox failed. 20 passengers and three crew members onboard were killed. One passenger survived.

1979 - PIA Flight PK 740: A Boeing 707 and also a Hajj flight originating from Kano, Nigeria to Karachi was on its way from Jeddah Saudi Arabia crashed shortly after take off from Jeddah International Airport on November 26, 1979. All 156 people on board were killed.

1989 - PIA Flight PK 404: Logging a mysterious disappearance with no wreckage in sight, a Fokker F27 Friendship went missing from the radar shortly after takeoff on August 25, 1989.The flight took off from the northern city of Gilgit and was on its way to Islamabad. The aircraft is believed to have crashed in the Himalayas, but the wreckage has never been found.

1992 - PIA Flight PK 268: In what has been known as the deadliest aviation accident on Nepal’s soil, an Airbus A300 headed to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on September 28, 1992 crashed killing all167 people onboard.

2006 - PIA Flight PK 688: A Fokker F27 from Multan to Lahore and Islamabad crashed into a field when one of its two engines failed shortly after take-off on July 10, 2006. The aircraft was carrying 41 passengers and four crew members who were killed.

2016 - PIA flight PK-661: A Fokker F27 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on its way to Islamabad from Chitral on December 7. There were no survivors reported from the fatal crash.

2020 - PIA flight PK 8303: An Airbus A320 carrying approximately 91 passengers and seven crew members from Lahore to Karachi crashed on May 22, 2020 in a densely populated locality as it approached the Karachi airport for landing.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Traffic police direct traffic near West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong on Thursday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong to attend celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. (AFP)

    Hong Kong has ‘risen from the ashes’, China’s says Xi on handover anniversary visit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a visit to Hong Kong on the city's handover anniversary on Thursday, told crowds that the city has been “reborn of fire” and “risen from the ashes” in what appeared to be references to the pro-democracy protests quelled by security forces in 2019 and a large-scale Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year.

  • China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech after arriving for the upcoming handover anniversary by train in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP/PTI)

    'Risen from the ashes...': What Xi Jinping said in Hong Kong today

    Hong Kong has 'risen from the ashes', China president Xi Jinping said Thursday on a rare visit to the former British colony. Xi Jinping's was in Hong Kong to celebrate 25 year since it was returned to China and administer the oath of office to the global financial hub's new leader, John Lee. Today was Xi Jinping's first visit to Hong Kong since 2017.

  • Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.

    Gunfire, explosions heard near Afghan grand assembly ‘loya jirga’ in Kabul

    Chaos erupted in Kabul as several explosions and gunfires were reported close to the hall where the 'Loya Jirga' or the grand assembly of religious scholars and elders is underway, local media reported. The exact cause and location of the gunfire is not clear yet. The Freedom Fighters Front in its statement said that its 'special forces' had attacked the Taliban gathering. But the Taliban regime has not said anything, Aamaj News English, reported.

  • An airplane takes off from Billy Bishop Airport after Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that passengers will require Covid-19 vaccination for air, ship and interprovincial train services, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)

    Canada extends Covid border restrictions to Sept 30

    Canada extended all existing Covid-related border restrictions till at least September 30 this year, the government announced on Wednesday. The restrictions include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone except the fully vaccinated, which in this case means having taken the primary series of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by Canadian health authorities. Those not considered fully vaccinated will also be tested on the first and eighth days after their entry into Canada.

  • Congo's army has been locked in heavy fighting since late May with the M23 rebel group, which is waging its most sustained offensive since a 2012-2013 insurrection that seized vast swathes of territory.

    Kidnapped Congo woman forced to cook, eat human flesh twice: Rights group to UN 

    A Congolese woman was kidnapped twice by militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, repeatedly raped and forced to cook and eat human flesh, a Congolese rights group told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Julienne Lusenge, president of women's rights group Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), told the woman's story while addressing the 15-member council about the conflict-torn east of Congo.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, June 30, 2022