In a shocker, Pakistan International Airlines allows 7 passengers to stand in flight to Saudi Arabia

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Islamabad | Updated: February 26, 2017 4:40:38 PM

In a shocking incident, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had last month allowed seven passengers to stand in an aisle inside one of its flight while on its way to Saudi Arabia.

The Boeing 777 flight has the capacity of 409 seats. (Reuters)

In a shocking incident, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had last month allowed seven passengers to stand in an aisle inside one of its flight while on its way to Saudi Arabia. The incident has cime out as an embarrasing for airlines, which has ordered probe, calling it a serious breach of security regulations.

It seems, the management of the airlines have taken the incident lightly as no action has been taken on the incident yet. Speaking to BBC, PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said that matter was being investigated and tough action will be taken once the responsibility is fixed.

The Boeing 777 flight has the capacity of 409 seats, including jump seats for staff. Flight PK-743 reportedly carried 416 passengers from Karachi to Madina.

The report further said that permitting seven passengers to travel by standing is a serious safety breach of airlines as during an emergency, thos passengers with no seats would not have access to oxygen and could also cause congestion during an emergency evacuation, if many.

The passes for boarding issued to these extra passengers were not computer-generated but handwritten, reports said said. The computer-generated list did not mention the excess passengers, it said further.

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In December last year, A video of another PIA had surfaced in which it took off after sacrificing a goat at the Islamabad airport. As per a report by arynews.tv website country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) might have given green signal for ATR planes for flying operations, but perhaps only clearance was not enough as the authorities also slaughtered a goat to avoid any ‘untoward happening.’
(With inputs from PTI)

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