Pakistan airlines pilot invites unauthorised woman into cockpit; puts passengers’ lives at risk

The pilot invited a young Chinese woman into the cockpit, breaking the security protocols and endangering the lives of other passengers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2017 5:00 am
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Pakistan International Airlines is fast earning notoriety for putting the lives of its passengers at risk as a pilot of the country’s flag carrier has been accused of allowing an unauthorised foreign national into the cockpit during landing. According to a report in Geo News, Captain Shahzad Aziz, the pilot of PIA flight PK-853 from Tokyo to Beijing, invited a young Chinese woman into the cockpit earlier this week, endangering the lives of other passengers.

As per the report, the woman remained inside the cockpit with the pilot and first officer for over two hours despite not being authorised into the cabin area. She reportedly came out of the compartment only after the plane landed. The woman was also alone with the pilot at one stage, according to a reporter of the news channel, who was also travelling on the same plane.

Pakistani law prohibits unauthorised persons from entering into the cockpit at any time during flights as it is a safety hazard. As per the law, the pilot has the responsibility to ensure that no unauthorised person enters the restricted part of the aircraft.

Reflecting on the matter, a PIA spokesperson said inviting a single passenger into the cockpit was not a security concern. However, the director-general of Civil Aviation Authority has ordered an investigation into the incident, CAA spokesperson said.

The incident occurs two weeks after PIA launched a probe against a senior pilot operating an Islamabad-to-London flight (PK-785) as he was accused of handing over the aircraft to a trainee pilot following take-off and taking a two-and-a-half-hour nap in the passenger compartment.

PIA had also triggered controversy in December 2015 when a pilot permitted Reham Khan, the ex-wife of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, to sit in the cockpit during her journey to Lahore from London.

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  1. Srichand Raheja
    May 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    The pilot was on a trial, he wanted to see what he could do to the 72 virgins he was going to lay his hands on.
    1. K
      May 10, 2017 at 11:17 am
      What do you expect from a young men brought up seeing the face of only their mother or sister?The moment they get a chance to release the frustration,they forget everything.
      1. I
        Idli Mind
        May 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm
        Is it any different in India?
      2. Rajdeep Anand
        May 10, 2017 at 7:44 am
        Is there anything right with stan?!
        1. Manas Sarkar
          May 10, 2017 at 7:28 am
          Pak is a lawless country, everything is possible there...Nothing surprising..
          1. D
            May 10, 2017 at 7:07 am
            stan Airlines is the safest innthe world. It will never be attacked by any terrorists.
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