Monday, October 07, 2013

PIA Pakistan International Airlines launches investigation into Airbus A310-300, PK-213 engine fire

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) announced on Monday that it is conducting a thorough investigation into the incidents that led to flight PK-213 catching fire mid-flight, just after take-off from Karachi airport on Sunday.

The plane, an Airbus A-310, was carrying 54 passengers and eight crew members and had departed for Dubai at 10:10pm from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. But just 15 minutes later, the pilot informed the control tower about an engine fire and requested permission for emergency landing.

However, the plane’s internal fire fighting mechanisms had managed to subdue the flames, which had erupted in the right engine of the A-310, before the plane landed back in Karachi.

PIA is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident of flight PK 213 Karachi – Dubai of Sunday night, a PIA spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

PIA added that a team of dedicated PIA engineers is in the process of minutely checking the aircraft engine which developed a fault during flight.

The engine of the aircraft is also being assessed by CAA authorities and the findings will be shared with manufacturer General Electric for their input as well.

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