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PIA Airbus A320 diverts to Islamabad following reports of technical faults

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Due to a mechanical issue with the aircraft, a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet carrying 180 passengers was forced to return to Islamabad International Airport (ISB).

On December 12, 2021, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320-200 plane, registered as AP-BLB, set out for Pakistan’s domestic flight PK-301, which connects Islamabad and Karachi.

The plane departed ISB at 12:54 p.m. (UTC) and was expected to land at Jinnah International Airport (KHI) a few hours later, according to Flightradar24 data. However, as soon as the plane reached 4,000 feet in altitude, the flight crew noticed a technical issue with the engine.

Pilots diverted the plane to ISB airport in response to the situation, where it taxied to the apron for inspection.

Passengers remained onboard the plane while engineers worked to fix the engine problem, according to the Aviation Herald. The flight crew attempted to taxi the aircraft for re-departure once the repairs were completed, but the engine continued to make a strange noise. As a result, the plane was unable to take off.

The engineers attempted a second time to remedy the engine problem, but failed. When the flight crew attempted to take off again, the engine continued to make strange noises, and the plane was unable to take off.

Meanwhile, all but six passengers demanded to get off the plane. Engineers were able to remedy the engine issue after passengers disembarked, and the plane was finally able to take off. After a 7.5-hour delay, the plane landed at KHI airport.

While the Aviation Herald reported that the major reason of the mishap was an engine malfunction, Dawn, a Pakistani news agency, reported that the A320 jet had an inertial navigation system problem.

PIA, on the other hand, has yet to issue an official explanation for the incident.

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