British authorities on Monday “completely searched” and detained the crew of a Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) flight after it landed at Heathrow Airport, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar stated.
Flight 785 from Islamabad to London arrived at Heathrow Airport at 2:50pm on Monday. Upon touchdown, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and plane have been searched by the authorities, the spokesperson stated.
Fourteen crew members have been launched after being detained for almost two hours by the British authorities, Tajwar added.
“We’ve not been knowledgeable as to why was the crew detained,” stated Tajwar.
In response to the spokesperson, the flight will return to Lahore at eleven:30am on Tuesday.
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Earlier, GeoNews reported that the crew members have been detained over “alleged safety threats” and “interrogated” by the authorities.
The nationwide service typically comes beneath hearth for poor efficiency, low security requirements and unprofessional angle of employees.
In January, as many as seven passengers were forced to stand all through the over three-hour flight from Karachi to Madina after the airline boarded extra passengers in a critical breach of air security laws.
Extra lately, PIA got here beneath hearth when it emerged that a senior pilot working the Islamabad to London flight handed over the plane to an underneath-coaching pilot quickly after the take-off and took a two-and-a-half-hour nap within the passenger compartment, compromising air security and placing the lives of over 305 passengers in danger.
Members of PIA crew have additionally been sacked for smuggling banned gadgets and cash laundering.
The airline has taken a agency stance towards corrupt practices and recently announced “termination from service” will now be the one punishment if any staffer of PIA is concerned in smuggling.
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