An Uncomfortable Decision

Date Dec.23, 1980 Registration: AP-AXK  Sectors: KHI-CMB; CMB-KHI Timings: KHI-CMB 0540-0920; CMB-KHI 1030-1405 Time is always recorded in GMT/UTC The outboard and inboard flaps on each wing at the rear are fully down in this photo and the leading edge flaps can also be observed Soon after I got my command on the B707/720B aircraft, I was…

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…

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…

Fire Warning near Athens

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

Diversion to Boston

Pakistan 801 [Eight Zero One] 21 March 1982 Sector: Orly (Paris)–Logan (Boston)– JFK (New York) 1235-2200; 0135-0250Z; AP-AWY, B707-340C Cockpit Crew  Captain S.M. Husain First Officer Asif Akhtar Flight Engineer Mahmood Cabin Crew Flight Steward Commercial airliners have been lost when the pilot(s) hesitated in making a decision such as the Avianca’s B707 lost in…