PIA’s aircraft grounded at Toronto upon hitting a jetty

PIA’s aircraft grounded at Toronto upon hitting a jetty

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TORONTO: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was grounded after it hit a jetty (passenger boarding bridge) at Toronto airport, media sources reported on Thursday.

According to a spokesperson for the national flag carrier, the aircraft (Boeing 777) which arrived at Toronto airport from Lahore hit a jetty owing to negligence of Canadian ground staff. The plane’s engine cover suffered damage as a result of the incident, he said.

He said help would be sought from Canadian aeronautical engineers to make the aircraft airworthy.

More often than not, the airline manages to stay in the headlines for one reason or the other.

Lately, an audit report revealed that PIA lost luggage of passengers worth over Rs20 million in the last five years.

As per the report, luggage worth more than Rs20 million belonging to PIA passengers was lost during the years 2012 to 2016.

Luggage worth Rs3,975,000 went missing from Multan and Bahawalpur airports during 2012-13. while during 2014-15, luggage worth Rs24,023,000 went missing from Karachi airport, the report said.

The audit report said it was due to the negligence of the PIA’s management that the luggage belonging to passengers kept going missing.”The management was apprised of the situation in 2017 but no response was received,” it added.

According to the rules and regulations, the duty officer is responsible if luggage goes missing, the report noted.a

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