An Uncomfortable Decision

AP-AXK on Dec 23, 1980 KHI-CMB: 0540-0920 CMB-KHI: 1030-1405 Time is always recorded in GMT/UTC Soon after I got my command on the B707/720B aircraft, I was confronted by a maintenance problem which in hindsight makes me uncomfortable even now. I was given a B720 out of a maintenance check that morning for a scheduled…

Acquired Experience

“In considering how a pilot’s job description has changed from the hands-on era to the current era of programming and monitoring computers, old timers suggest that today’s pilots better be careful or they might program themselves out of a job. I don’t think that there are many old aviators from the hands-on era who envy…

PIA Firsts

The first airline from an Asian land country and the first airline from a Muslim country to fly the Super Constellation. The first Asian airline to operate a jet aircraft. The first Asian airline to be granted maintenance approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Air Registration Board, predecessor of the British…

Fire Warning near Athens

On June 18, 1985, on sector KHI-ATH (Karachi-Athens), departure and arrival at 0540Z and 1135Z,*respectively. Aircraft was a B707-340C, AP-AWY, freighter with call sign Pakistan Eight Zero Five. The routing was via Dubai–Bahrain–Damascus–Nicosia. *UTC This flight was flown with First Officer Yousaf Mamsa (deceased in attack on Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar during recent unrest in…

Diversion to Boston

It is March 21, 1982 and on a B707-340 C with call sign Pakistan Eight Zero One. I am flying as captain, and this is my first flight over the Atlantic from Orly to John F. Kennedy after familiarization and route check flights with two different captains, namely Capt Iftekhar Janjua (deceased in Kathmandu crash)…