Pakistan International Airlines Resumes ATR operations

Pakistan International Airlines ATR42
Aleem Yousaf

Pakistan International Airlines has resumed the operation of its ATR turboprop fleet, the airline announced.

The Pakistani flag-carrier grounded its fleet of ten European-made ATR aircraft days after 47 people were killed in a crash in northern Pakistan, the airline said on Monday.

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 from Chitral to Islamabad crashed near Havelian on December 7th, 2016, with 42 passengers and 5 crew members onboard.

On December 19, the airline operated six ATR flights, including services to Gilgit, Kabul, and Multan.

Pakistan International Airlines chartered a Lockheed Hercules C-130 from the Pakistan Air Force to cover some of its domestic operations affected by the recent grounding of its entire ATR fleet. The move was as a result of a Pakistan Government directive.

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