PIA crash: Pakistani star flew on same flight to attend father's funeral - two days earlier

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Karachi - An air hostess also escaped the crash after skipping the ill-fated flight.



By Web Report

Published: Tue 26 May 2020, 11:31 AM

Last updated: Tue 26 May 2020, 6:02 PM

Pakistani singer, Zoheb Hassan, revealed in a touching Facebook post that "a sudden change in travel plan" stopped him from boarding the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight that crashed minutes before landing in Karachi.  

Flight PK-8303, from Lahore to Karachi, was due to land at the Jinnah International Airport when it crashed, claiming 97 people onboard.
Also see: PIA airhostess escapes deadly crash
A shattered Hassan was flying from London to Karachi for his father Basir Hassan's funeral and said he was to take the ill-fated Airbus A-320 on Friday. However, he boarded an earlier flight and returned to Karachi two days before the crash, reported The Express Tribune.

Hassan wrote in the Facebook post: 'My dear father who passed away last Friday promised me to take care of my ailing mother if he dies. He died a few hours later. The only flight available was 300 miles from London in Manchester. With great difficulty I managed to get on to a 'repatriation' flight which was mainly carrying coronavirus affected and dead bodies'.

 
 
 
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MY INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO FULFILL THE WISHES OF MY DYING FATHER IN THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. (PLEASE READ THIS) My dear father who passed away last Friday promised me to take care of my ailing mother if he dies. He died a few hours later. The only flight available was 300 miles from London in Manchester. With great difficulty I managed to get on to a 'repatriation' flight which was mainly carrying coronavirus affectees and dead bodies. Upon reaching Lahore I was quarantined with 300 other passengers in a hotel. Nine of the crew and several other passengers contacted Covid 19 on the flight. I was supposed to leave after 72 hours on flight PIA 830 from Lahore to Karachi. As my fathers burial was on 21st I did everything in my power to get tested, as a special case, and return to Karachi on same doomed flight 2 days earlier. God helped me here. My result was negative and was allowed to leave early. If I did not have the prayers and blessing of my dying father I would have either contracted Covid 19 on the 1st leg of my journey or been on PIA 830 which crashed in Karachi today. Thankyou God you are the greatest and I bow down to you.... #wishesofadyingfather #pakistan #india #pakistan #fortheloveofgod #godisthegreatest #ramadan #incrediblejourney #zohebhassan #naziahassan #father
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However, the singer said that upon reaching Lahore, he was quarantined with 300 other passengers in a hotel, but as he tested negative for Covid-19 he was allowed to take an earlier flight to Karachi.
'I was supposed to leave after 72 hours on flight PIA 830 from Lahore to Karachi. As my father's burial was on 21st I did everything in my power to get tested, as a special case, and return to Karachi on the same doomed flight 2 days earlier,' Hassan's post on Facebook read.

He further wrote: 'If I did not have the prayers and blessing of my dying father I would have either contracted Covid-19 on the 1st leg of my journey or been on PIA 830 which crashed in Karachi today. Thank you God you are the greatest and I bow down to you'.


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