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PIA Boeing 720-040B

Boeing 720-040B  (Copyright © Farouk Salehjee)

This photo from January 1972 shows Capt. M. M. Salehjee with crash landed PIA Boeing 720B at Ankara Airport, Turkey. Capt. M. M. Salehjee and Capt. Mohammed Arshad Mir (as co-pilot) were at the controls of aircraft as it approached Ankara Airport for landing. The landing was going to be made by Capt. Mir. Weather was bad and Mir asked Salehjee to take over for the landing. Somehow, Salehjee didn’t hear the request, Mir thought that he had and so the approach was flown with nobody at the controls until the impact! Pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft and it veered off the runway. The Boeing 720B's main under carriage collapsed as it struck the runway very hard. As seen in this photo, soon after aircraft's crash landing PIA logo and titles were painted out from its tail and fuselage because Pakistan's then President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was due to arrive at the same airport on a VVIP PIA flight. Later, this Boeing 720B was repaired and returned to active service with PIA.

According to aerotransport.org, the aircraft damaged in this accident was Boeing 720-040B registration AP-AMJ. It was coming from Tehran with 34 passengers and 10 crew members when it met this accident at Ankara Airport on January 22, 1972. Main reason for the accident was that the aircraft made visual approach whilst airport was under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions


PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Copyright © Andy Nicodemo)

Mountains of Chitral valley make beautiful background for this photo of AP-AUR taken by Andy at Chitral Airport. On June 16, 2004, AP-AUR was arriving at Chitral Airport as flight PK-660 from Peshawar. After landing at the airport, the Fokker for some reason was unable to stop on runway and came to rest in nearby fields few feet away from the runway. The accident caused damage to aircraft's engine, nose, landing gear and fuselage. The ill-fated Fokker was declared a write-off and withdrawn from use. Aircraft engineers Andy Nicodemo and Neil MacGowan of Sydney-based company International Air Parts led the task of salvaging AP-AUR's engines. In following set of photos we will see successful removal of AP-AUR engines by Andy Nicodemo, Neil MacGowan and their team members



PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Copyright © Andy Nicodemo)

Neil MacGowan inspecting component removed from AP-AUR's engine


PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Copyright © Andy Nicodemo)

Andy Nicodemo carefully removing AP-AUR engine components




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