PIA flight cleared after bomb hoax at Peshawar airport

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Staff Report

Peshawar

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Monday was cleared by security officials at Peshawar airport after a hoax bomb alert.

According to a PIA spokesperson, the national carrier’s flight PK-350 was on its way to Peshawar from Karachi when the Karachi flight dispatch centre received a phone call about the presence of a bomb onboard the plane, just 10-15 minutes before its landing.

However, the aircraft safely landed at Peshawar airport at 11:45 am.

Since the pilots had alerted the control tower about the bomb threat, an emergency was declared at the airport. “The passengers were also safely made to leave the aircraft following the landing,” added the PIA spokesperson.

The plane was parked at a separate place after which, the security officials and bomb disposal squad (SBD) did the necessary checks.

“Nothing suspicious was found and later the aircraft was cleared by the concerned agencies and declared fit to fly,” the PIA spokesperson added.

The plane departed for its next flight to Dubai at around 3:45pm after a delay of about two and a half hours.