Passengers are seen leaving the aircraft after it veered off the runway at Gilgit airport on Saturday. Twitter photo
All 48 passengers remained safe during the incident as the plane escaped any major calamity.
According to the PIA spokesperson, the PK-605 flight had reached Gilgat from Islamabad, and the pilot controlled the plane with great expertise.
“The ATR-42 aircraft skidded a little off an unpaved patch. The pilots exhibited great skill and composure to regain control and ensure everyone’s safety,” said a spokesperson for the national flag carrier.
Passengers are seen leaving the plane after it veered off the runway at Gilgat airport. Twitter photoPhotographs circulating on social media showed the ATR aircraft tilted on one side in a grassy area next to the runway.
The spokesperson said PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
“The CEO has issued orders for an immediate and transparent probe. Strict action in accordance with aviation laws will be taken if the investigators find evidence of any human or technical error.”
The PIA official said both pilots have been grounded until the investigation is completed.
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