A Pakistani airline is under investigation after a passenger who flew from Karachi to Medina (Saudi Arabia), claimed that a number of additional passengers were standing along the aisle during the 4 hour flight!
Taking seatless passengers is seen as a risky job because they wound have no access to oxygen masks and would block the evacuation of others in case of an emergency situation. According to preliminary investigations, the standing passengers had handwritten tickets (!!!), while their names did not appear in the official list delivered by the airport staff to the flight crew.
The safety breach is now shared between the pilots and the cabin personnel who blame each other. Chief flight attendant Hina Turab says she warned captain Anwer Adil that there will be chaos because of extra passengers and was replied that people must be allowed aboard because they paid their tickets. Moreover, the captain accuses the stewardess for closing aircraft’s doors despite knowing that there are additional passengers aboard.
PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said the company is probing the case, promising that all those responsible will be sanctioned.
The airline had been previously accused of taking two additional passengers in the toilet of a plane during another flight from Lahore to Karachi.
In December 2016, a plane flying from Chitral to Islamabad crahsed killing all 48 people on board. According to the newspaper Pakistan Today, PIA has suffered eight fatal aviation accidents since 1996 with a total of 327 fatalities.