Taliban claim responsibility for the attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, hijack attempt fails, 28 dead
Karachi’ Jinnah International Airport came under attack overnight from armed gunmen who were intent on hijacking an aircraft. The attack has been stopped and no aircraft were hijacked.
According to CNN, “the Taliban-claimed attack began on the country’s largest airport at Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday night (June 28), which left 28 dead — including 10 attackers — and 24 injured”.
According to CNN, “the gunmen targeted Terminal 1, the old terminal that had fallen out of regular use. This terminal is only ever used for people flying to and from pilgrimages, for private flights, or sometimes government flights.”
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According to Reuters, “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman.
Parts of the airport terminal were on fire.
According to Reuters, “heavy smoke billowed into the sky well into Monday when officials announced the siege was over and that the airport would resume operations at 4 p.m. (1600) (local time) Monday (June 9).”
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Karachi Jinnah International Airport is the secondary hub of PIA-Pakistan International Airlines.
Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport. Located in Karachi, the largest city and capital of the Sindh province, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan according to Wikipedia.
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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) on May 15 will cancel the Islamabad-Leeds/Bradford twice-weekly Airbus A310 flight per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A310-325 AP-BGS (msn 689) approaches the runway at Dubai International Airport (DXB).
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) had an incident today at Muscat, Oman. Boeing 737-33A AP-BEH (msn 25504) operating flight PK 259 from Sialkot, Pakistan to Muscat suffered a rough landing on its arrival. The left main gear collapsed on landing. There were no injuries to the 108 passengers and crew members on board.
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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. AP-BEH is pictured arriving at Dubai in 2010 before it was repainted in the current 2010 livery.
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced a firm order for five 777-300 ER (extended range) airplanes. Valued at nearly $1.5 billion at list prices, the order also includes purchase rights to Pakistan International Airlines for five additional 777-300 ERs.
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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 737-340 AP-BCD (msn 23297) DXB (Ole Simon), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) has dropped the twice-weekly Karachi-Colombo (Sri Lanka) route.
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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) flight PK 3539 carrying 493 Hajj pilgrims and 15 crew members from Multan to Jeddah, aborted its takeoff due to fumes in the fuselage. There were no injuries. The fumes were blamed on a faulty hydraulic system.
Pakistan International is retiring its last remaining Boeing 747-200/300s in December.
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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-240 ER AP-BGL (msn 33777) LHR (Wingnut), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Turkish Airlines to establish Istanbul as a new regional hub. Turkish will fly the New York and Chicago routes for PIA under this new code-share agreement. PIA will continue to fly to other U.S. cities. Turkish Airlines in turn will establish a regional hub at Karachi and PIA will fly routes for Turkish. PIA is making this move to better compete against the Persian Gulf carriers.
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PIA’s (Pakistan International Airlines) (Karachi) flight PK 782 with 273 passengers and crew on board operating from Toronto (Pearson) to Karachi diverted this morning to Stockholm (Arlanda) after a tip was received stating one of the passengers on board had a bomb. Boeing 777-240 LR AP-BGY (msn 33781) landed safely and so far no bomb has been discovered. One person is being held for questioning.
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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. AP-BGY prepares to land at JFK International Airport in New York.
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) has introduced a new livery, apparently abandoning its special original tail art of the various regions of Pakistan, introduced in 2006.
PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) (Karachi) will add Chicago (O’Hare) via Barcelona on June 10 with Boeing 777s. The route will be operated twice-weekly.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut. Boeing 777-340 ER AP-BHV (msn 33778) on the ramp at London (Heathrow).
PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) (Karachi) is in deep financial stress according to this report.