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History of PIA - Pakistan International Airlines

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PIA Boeing 720-040B

Boeing 720-040B  (Abbas Ali Collection)

This photo shows AP-AMH at London-Heathrow Airport in January 1965. Three months later, on May 20, 1965, this aircraft crashed near Cairo International Airport, United Arab Republic (UAR). Three-year-old AP-AMH was on finals for Cairo Airport when it struck ground. It was first major accident in PIA's history. The crash killed 106 passengers and 13 crew members. Six passengers were lucky to survive this accident. The Boeing 720B was performing PIA flight PK-705 from Karachi to London via Dhahran & Egypt

PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Copyright © ATDB)

This photo shows ill fated AP-BBF at Karachi Airport in 1984. On August 25, 1989, AP-BBF vanished in Himalayan mountains. The aircraft was operating early morning flight from Gilgit to Islamabad. The wreckage of this unlucky Fokker was never found. AP-BBF was carrying a total of 54 people including 5 crew members and 49 passengers. Flight crew included Capt. Ahsan Aftab Bilgrami and Capt. Sohail Zubair - Crew names provided by Umar Anis

PIA Airbus A300B4-203

Airbus A300B4-203  (Copyright © Guido Allieri)

PIA's AP-BCP photographed by Guido Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Italy in March 1992. Few months later on September 28, 1992, AP-BCP's flying career came to an end on the 'Fan Marker Hill' 9nm south of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. The A300 struck hill during final approach to Kathmandu Airport. All 167 people aboard the aircraft died in this accident

PIA Boeing 707-340C

Boeing 707-340C  (Copyright © Werner Fischdick)

This photo taken by Werner shows AP-AWZ approaching London Heathrow Airport on April 8, 1976. On November 26, 1979, AP-AWZ experienced in-flight cabin fire shortly after take off from Jeddah for a flight to Karachi. After sending mayday call, crew of this ill fated Boeing 707 began taking steps for emergency landing in Saudi Arabia. Rapid extension of fire through cabin caused panic among passengers. Soon fire and smoke entered the cockpit, eventually incapacitating flight crew. Nine years old AP-AWZ crashed into rocky mountains near the Saudi city of Taif and burst into flames killing all 156 people on board

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