Tense Moments on Board as Smoke from Fire Made its Way into Cabin According to Reports
PIA Flight 308, with 402 passengers on board, was bound for Islamabad and preparing for departure when the incident occurred. Members of Pakistan’s national assembly and a Federal Minister where on board the jet:
‘Talking exclusively to Geo News, Federal Minister, Maula Bux Chandio, who was on board PK-308, slammed PIA for its mismanagement and utter incompetence.
“Smoke billowing out of the burning engine escaped into fuselage after they opened the emergency exit hatch. It was so asphyxiating in there. I saw many passengers, who were not feeling well at all, gasping for air”, said he.’
Another Parliamentarian, Yousuf Talpur, who was also on the plane, picked apart PIA for risking passengers’ lives by using planes which should have been retired by now.
‘”The entry of this very aircraft we were on board is banned in Europe and America. PIA flies it domestically only” he revealed.
He said the passengers remained trapped in the plane for nearly two hours that too without fresh air to breathe.
Secretary Production, Gul Mohammad Rind, who was also among the passengers, lamented PIA officials’ apathy at the time of distress.
“No PIA officer bothered to console us. They seemed so indifferent to this whole ordeal. They were pathetic” Rind told Geo News.
He also added that the doors of the plane auto-locked and they could find no way out.
“The captain also locked himself in the cockpit”, Rind added.’
According to sources, Minister for Defence, Syed Naveed Qamar, taking prompt action, has tasked the PIA authorities with an immediate report over the incident.