Islamabad: A tyre of a Gilgit-bound airplane (PK – 605) operated by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) caught fire this morning. The passengers, including Gilgit-Baltistan governor Syed Pir Karam Ali Shah and GB Home Secretary, were evacuated unhurt.
According to PIA sources, the airplane was taking off for Gilgit when its wheels caught fire. Radio Pakistan reports that the plane skidded off the runway after catching fire. The frequency of hazards related to airplanes operated by PIA has increased exponentially during the last couple of years. Last year several lives were lost in the Margallah air-crash, involving the privately operated AirBlue Company.