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Pak flight makes emergency landing after hijack threat

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  1. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Press Trust of India

    KARACHI, 27 APRIL: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight today made an emergency landing at the Karachi airport after a passenger allegedly threatened to hijack the aircraft.

    PIA flight PK-586, which was flying from Karachi to Bahawalpur in Punjab province, turned back to the port city after an air hostess alerted the captain about the passenger's threat, TV news channels reported.

    The passenger who made the alleged threat was arrested by commandos of the Airport Security Force at the Jinnah International Airport. The aircraft was searched by security forces after being evacuated.

    Following his arrest, the passenger claimed he had made the alleged threat after a quarrel with the air hostess and that he had no intention of hijacking the aircraft. The number of passengers on the flight could not immediately be ascertained.

    Pakistan's aviation industry has been hit by a string of problems in recent years. A total of 127 people were killed when a Boeing 737 of the private Bhoja Air crashed near Islamabad on 20 April. This was the second major air disaster in the vicinity of the Pakistani capital since 28 July, 2010, when an Air Blue airliner slammed into the Margalla Hills in cloudy weather, killing all 152 people on board.

    State-run PIA, which is the country's largest airline, is grappling with a funds crunch and an aging fleet. Commandos surrounded the aircraft as soon as it returned back to Karachi and after a while entered the plane and safely evacuated the passengers.

    According to officials soon after the flight had taken off from Jinnah International Airport at 1.09 p.m; a passenger on board the plane told the cabin crew that he intended to hijack the plane.

    “The cabin crew immediately informed the captain who spoke to the control tower to inform them that he wants to bring the plane back to Karachi. The plane, which had over 50 passengers on board, landed back in Karachi at 1.40 p.m. and the passenger was taken into custody by the ASF for interrogation,â€￾ officials said. However, they declined to reveal the identity of the arrested passenger.

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    Sir,
    Pak flight hijack ?? Chor pe mor ?:crazy_pilot: :taz::taz:

    Jai Hind.:india:
     
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