Tuesday 24 November 2015

PAKISTAN: Intoxicated Pilot Crashed Shaheen Air Flight

112 passengers and 7 crew members suffered a rough landing on board a Shaheen Air Boeing 737.

The pilot of a plane that averted a major disaster when it crash-landed on a runway in Lahore, Pakistan, is reported to have been drunk during the flight.

Medical reports have found the pilot was "under the influence of alcohol" and was suffering from a lack of sleep when the plane made its emergency landing.

According to reports at the time, Shaheen Air flight 142 was coming into land when it skidded off the runway.

Images taken moments after the incident showed the plane in a field with its emergency slides deployed so passengers could exit the aircraft.

The images also show the partially pulled off engines and collapsed landing gear.

All passengers and crew on board the Boeing 737 flight were unhurt, but the aircraft's landing gear, windows and right wing were damaged in the landing.

According to a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), medical reports have confirmed that the pilot was tired and had consumed more than the permitted amount of alcohol before the flight.

Investigations into the crash are still on-going.

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