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February 27, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

A B777 aircraft took off on an international flight with seven people standing in the aisle because there were no seats for them, the BBC has reported.

The flight in question carried 416 passengers. They were loaded on a B777 with a total seating capacity of 409, including staff seats.

A PIA Airbus A321 taking off from Islamabad Airport

The flight, from Pakistan’s largest city Karachi to Medina in Saudi Arabia, the second-most holy city in Islam after Mecca, was operated in January by Pakistan’s national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

The airline (company motto: Great people to fly with) drew ridicule three months ago when staff were filmed sacrificing a black goat to ward off evil spirits and bad luck following a major domestic air disaster.

On the overfull international flight to Medina on 20 January 2017, extra passengers were allowed aboard despite all seats being filled. Ground staff wrote out extra boarding passes by hand.

Details of the flight emerged after extensive investigations by Dawn newspaper, the BBC reported. The paper quoted flight captain Anwer Adil insisting that he was not aware the extra passengers were aboard until after take-off.

A PIA spokesman told the BBC the matter was  being investigated and appropriate action would be taken, though it was not possible to say when.

In December, a PIA plane crash in northern Pakistan killed all 48 people aboard. Shortly afterwards, footage circulated of PIA ground staff beheading a black goat next to another ATR-42 aircraft, to bring good luck.

The airline made clear that the goat sacrifice had been organised by staff at local level. It was not an official initiative by the airline.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Forget Air Koryo from North Korea. PIA is one airline I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole.

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