A Boeing 777-300ER PIA carried more passengers than its capacity
On 20 February 2017, a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft carried more passengers!
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Did you think you saw them all in the aviation world? It seems that there are always surprising new events.
On 20 February 2017, an aircraft Boeing 777-300ER PIA had on board NO passengers. That wouldn't have been a problem, though the plane was configured with 409 seats. Initially we asked ourselves if it is not about the little children, which can be held in the arms of parents. But it was not like that.
More passengers on a Pakistan International Airlines flight
Pakistan International Airlines has started an internal investigation after this incident. The aircraft operated the flight between Karachi (Pakistan) and Medina (Saudi Arabia).
Voices from the aviation world say the flight was uncertain. In the event of an emergency evacuation, the process would have been difficult and could have endangered the lives of passengers and cabin crew members.
A local newspaper explains that the 7 additional passengers received hand-written boarding passes, which led to this unique situation in the aviation world. It is not yet clear whether the situation was reported to the aircraft commander after boarding or was based on the loading sheet generated by the PIA computer system.
But we ask ourselves another question. How were the 7 passengers insured during take-off and landing processes?
And I did some checking. PK743 flight from 20 February does not appear on Flightradar24. I also checked the PIA fleet and the aircraft Boeing 777-300ER have transport capacities of up to 393 of seats.
We await the completion of the investigation and will return with details!