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PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Vaqar Khan » Tue May 16, 2017 2:17 am

According to Samaa News the crew of PK758 due to depart tonight at 2020 hours from London Heathrow for Lahore was stopped by Customs and taken for questioning. The departure of the flight is thus delayed and I checked Heathrow departures website at 2225 pm and status simply says " Boarding Gate 31".

PIA always remains in the news for the wrong reasons. It is embarrassing and I think the airline is beyond redemption.

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Re: PK758 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow - Departure Delayed

Post by Hamad » Tue May 16, 2017 3:15 am

Gate is closed now (11:30PM) expected to arrive in LHE at around 11AM (Pakistan Local Time)with a delay of almost 3 hours.
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Re: PK758 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow - Departure Delayed

Post by Vaqar Khan » Tue May 16, 2017 10:29 am

According to the Express Tribune it was the crew of PK785 arriving from Islamabad that was detained for two hours and the aircraft thoroughly searched.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1410919/pi ... n-airport/

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Re: PK758 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow - Departure Delayed

Post by arshad.altaf » Tue May 16, 2017 4:54 pm

Just saw a news ticker that large amount of heroin recovered by from the plane.

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Re: PK758 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow - Departure Delayed

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 5:06 pm

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Yes, Dunya News channel reporting recovery of narcotics from PIA flight PK-785 that arrived at London-Heathrow Airport from Islamabad on May 15.

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Crew members have been advised not to leave hotel.

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Passports of crew members are with London Police.

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Crew members will be questioned by police again today.

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Some of PIA crew members are involved in smuggling of narcotics.

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The crew was scheduled to return to Pakistan from London on May 17.

Narcotics were concealed in aircraft lavatories.

On May 15, PIA Boeing 777-240ER registration AP-BGK performed flight PK-785 from Islamabad to London-Heathrow and apparently this incident delayed the departure of aircraft from London-Heathrow as flight PK-758 to Lahore. PK-758 departed from London-Heathrow at 11:55 PM with a delay of more than three hours. PK-758 was scheduled to depart at 8:20 PM.

https://www.radarbox24.com/data/flights/PK785

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 5:55 pm

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Thirteen crew members of flight PK-785 after arrival at London-Heathrow Airport were interrogated for around eight hours by British authorities, according to news sources.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 6:28 pm

Various panels of aircraft lavatories, galleys, passenger cabin interior/ceiling etc. were removed by British authorities to search the aircraft.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 6:46 pm

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Passports of sixteen crew members have been returned by the British authorities, according to Geo News.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 6:55 pm

Photos of PIA Boeing 777-200ER (AP-BGK) flight PK-785 from Islamabad searched by British authorities at London-Heathrow Airport on May 15.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 7:27 pm

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According to Geo News, PIA crew has demanded action against originators of wrong information that disgraced the airline.

Does it mean wrong information was given to British authorities and nothing was found during aircraft's search at London-Heathrow?

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 7:49 pm

Another photo of PIA Boeing 777-200ER registration AP-BGK flight PK-785 from Islamabad searched at London-Heathrow Airport on May 15.

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According to PIA London Station Manager statement on Geo News, so far British authorities have not informed about recovery of any narcotics from the aircraft.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 8:34 pm

According to news sources:

* PIA has demanded details/outcome of aircraft search operation from the British authorities.

According to UK Border Agency statement:

* Thirty representatives/agents of UK Border Agency with the help of sniffer dogs searched PIA airliner for three hours.

* A number of UK Border Agency agents were carrying to cameras to record/photograph the process and to collect evidence.

According to PIA London Station Manager statement:

* A number PK-785 crew members who were held at London Heathrow Airport on May 15 will be part of crew airline's flight PK-788 to be operated from London-Heathrow to Karachi on May 17.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 8:43 pm

PIA PRESS RELEASE

Karachi, May 16, 2017 :
PIA has not been informed either verbally or in writing by any security agency for any Narcotics/ Drugs on board PIA aircraft flight PK-785 during search at Heathrow airport, said PIA Spokesperson, Mashhood Tajwar. He further said that PIA officials deputed in London, United Kingdom are in contact with the authorities, inquiring to ascertain the cause and /or reason of the security search and temporary detention of cabin crew. The passports are with the crew members who will operate their regular scheduled flight to Pakistan tomorrow. All PIA flights to London are operating as per schedule.

He said that a PIA flight PK 785 for the sector Islamabad - London of Monday, May 15, 2017 landed at Heathrow Airport at 1745 hours and was thoroughly checked by London Airport Security. The crew of the said flight was detained for two hours for questioning at Heathrow Airport and was later released.

Subsequently, the return flight of the same day operated by same aircraft, flight PK 758 for the sector London -Lahore with a delay of two hours. This flight was operated by a fresh set of crew as per routine. PIA Spokesman concluded.

Source: PIA Press Release (May 16, 2017)
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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 9:01 pm

According to latest reports:

Passport of flight PK-785 Captain has been returned by the British authorities and he'll be part of crew of airline's flight PK-786 from London-Heathrow to Islamabad today.

Passports of eleven other crew members of PK-785 are still with the British authorities and are expected to be returned on May 17 allowing those crew members to be part of crew of airline's flight PK-788 to be operated from London-Heathrow to Karachi on May 17.

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Re: PK785 crew stopped by Customs at London Heathrow

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue May 16, 2017 9:04 pm

National Crime Agency (NCA) tweet confirming seizure of a quantity of heroin from the aircraft.



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