Dubai: Pakistan-bound flight delayed after 'burning smell' detected

Emergency was declared and essential services, including fire brigade and ambulances, were deployed at Dubai Airport, according to Pakistani media reports


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Published: Sun 12 May 2024, 11:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 12 May 2024, 11:54 AM

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight en route Dubai to Islamabad experienced a moment of concern when passengers reported a burning smell emanating from the food storage area.

Prompt action ensued as an emergency was declared, leading to the deployment of essential services, including fire brigade and ambulances, at Dubai Airport, Pakistani media reported on Saturday. In-flight smoke detection and the resulting delay in departure was confirmed by the PIA spokesperson to ARY news media.

Khaleej Times reached out to Dubai Airport and PIA for more details on the incident.

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Following a thorough examination by the flight crew, the aircraft was ultimately cleared for departure to Islamabad.

This incident occurred amidst the commencement of PIA's post-Haj flight operations, which started on May 9 and will extend until June 10, 2024. The airline is facilitating direct flights to Jeddah and Madina from eight cities across Pakistan, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Sialkot, and Sukkur, as reported by ARY News.

The spokesperson reiterated that PIA aims to serve approximately 34,000 pilgrims through 170 flights during this period, accommodating both government-sponsored and private pilgrims.

Notably, passengers commencing their journey from Karachi or Islamabad can benefit from Saudi immigration facilities at the airport, courtesy of the Road to Mecca Project.

Incidents of negligence are common with PIA, as a day ago, the staffers of a PIA flight bound for Skardu from Islamabad forgot to put the body of a six-year-old boy on the fight while his grieving parents embarked on their journey, unaware that their beloved son's body was left behind, Dawn reported.

The parents of the deceased child, overwhelmed by shock and disbelief, fainted upon learning that their son's remains had been inadvertently left behind at Islamabad's airport, a realisation that struck with devastating force upon their arrival at Skardu airport.


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