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Spokesperson's Statement regarding PK-895
Karachi; September 11, 2016
Reference media queries Spokesperson PIA has explained that PIA's Kualalampur-Peshawar flight PK-895 was landed at Lahore airport due to bad weather at Peshawar earlier today. When weather at Peshawar cleared the A310 aircraft got technical and had to be replaced. This change was done but as per civil aviation rules post-sunset landing is not allowed at Peshawar airport, therefore takeoff from Lahore airport was not possible.
Whereas the frustration of passengers is understandable it is highly regrettable that some of the angry passengers manhandled the Captain and tried to damage the aircraft.
Passengers were given the choice of either staying at some Lahore hotel at PIA's expense and go directly to Peshawar tomorrow morning, or to go to Islamabad tonight, from where they are transported by surface transportation to Peshawar. As majority of passengers opted for going to Islamabad tonight, a flight has been arranged and which will take off shortly.
PIA is also considering action against the rowdy passengers.