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Pilot Said to Be Drunk at Time of Aircraft Runway Incident

Both tiredness and alcohol have been implicated as factors in a Shaheen Airlines incident in Lahore, Pakistan, earlier this month.

An investigation has found that the pilot of a plane that slipped off the runway earlier this month in Pakistan was both fatigued and intoxicated at the time of the incident. The incident occurred when one of the tires burst upon landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) on November 3, causing Shaheen Airlines (NL) Flight 142 to skid off the tarmac and into the grass adjacent to the airstrip.

YouTube footage captured after the event shows the damage caused by the crash to the Boeing 737’s landing gear, windows and right wing. Emergency slides had to be deployed to evacuate NL142, which had originated in Karachi and was carrying over 100 passengers at the time of the incident.

While some passengers were treated for minor injuries after the crash, there were no reports of serious casualties. However, medical tests later revealed that the pilot of the plane was in fact intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Commenting on the incident, Pervez George, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), explained that, “The medical investigation reports of cockpit crew just after the incident revealed that the pilot in command had an unacceptable level of blood alcohol.”

George added that a medical examination also indicated that the pilot was fatigued at the time of the crash.

The country’s CAA chief, Amjad Ali Toor, added that he had asked all local airlines, including the privately-owned Shaheen Airlines “to strictly ensure that their pilots maintain the highest levels of aviation standards and refrain from flying under the influence of alcohol.”

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brumbrum November 18, 2015

"The pilot was intoxicated", explained George Perverz :-)

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temecularedwing November 18, 2015

Sleep deprivation and alcohol. At least it wasn't something serious like drugs.

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Philipp5 November 17, 2015

And Pakistan is a dry country where muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol...