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PIA’s ‘missing’ jet is in Germany, Senate informed
September 14, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The issue of a ‘missing’ plane of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) came up the Senate with Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad disclosing that the former acting chief executive officer (CEO) of the national airline, Bernd Hildenbrand, had taken the aircraft home while leaving Pakistan.

Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi raised the issue saying he had learnt that a Boeing plane of the national flag carrier had gone missing.

Confirming that the plane had gone missing, the minister said a committee has been formed to probe the matter but it has not found any clue so far.

However, PIA spokesman Mashhood Tajwar said it was not a Boeing plane rather Airbus-A-310. “It’s not missing. It’s in Germany.”

He said the plane had been chartered by a British company for picturising a movie in Malta following which the aircraft flew to Germany. He said the plane had already completed its flying hours and was no longer airworthy. “It’s a 30-year-old aircraft and had already been grounded.”

Tanwar said heavy expenses were to be incurred on bringing the plane back to Pakistan and, therefore, tenders were floated to dispose it of what can well be termed a scrap. In reply to a question, he said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had conducted an inquiry into the matter but the findings had not been shared with the PIA.

The name of the former acting CEO had been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) (ECL) after a number of charges of corruption against him, including one about selling a PIA’s plane to a museum in Germany.

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