Cat Delays Departure of PIA Karachi to Gwadar Flight PK-503

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Cat Delays Departure of PIA Karachi to Gwadar Flight PK-503

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:22 pm

According to news sources, today departure of PIA flight PK-503 from Karachi to Gwadar was delayed when pilot noticed a cat in the cockpit and informed emergency services.

The cat left the cockpit and entered passenger cabin where after some efforts crew/authorities were able to offload the feline from the aircraft

The aircraft was surrounded by Airports Security Force (ASF) and fire tender when request for emergency services was requested by the cockpit crew, according to DAWN News channel.

Today, PIA ATR 72-500 registration AP-BKW performed flight PK-503 to Gwadar. The ATR departed from Karachi at 12:32 PM. The flight's scheduled departure time was 9:30 AM.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/pk503

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Re: Cat Delays Departure of PIA Karachi to Gwadar Flight PK-503

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:33 pm

According to following news report, flight 503 was taxiing for takeoff when its captain informed the air traffic controller about an emergency situation. The control tower suspecting it as hijacking situation advised parking of the aircraft on remote/isolated bay number 69 where the aircraft was surrounded by ASF commandos. The commandos who entered the aircraft were informed about the presence of a cat in the cockpit. In the meanwhile, captain opened a cockpit window from where the cat was able to exit the aircraft. Later, PIA security staff off-loaded passengers and searched baggage/cargo pieces in the aircraft. After getting clearance, the aircraft was allowed to depart with a delay of two hours. Committees have been formed to investigate the incident.

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Re: Cat Delays Departure of PIA Karachi to Gwadar Flight PK-503

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:35 pm

Tuxedo cat in the cockpit of Gwadar-bound PIA ATR flight PK-503 at Karachi Airport that caused delay in flight's departure.

Photos shared by Muhammad Ali Yazdani - Aer Pakistan.

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Re: Cat Delays Departure of PIA Karachi to Gwadar Flight PK-503

Post by faisal-777 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:53 pm

Why did the pilot declare emergency? Should he really have done so? An overreaction or it is the right procedure ?
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