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PIA Vickers Viscount 815

Vickers Viscount 815  (Copyright © Vickers-Armstrongs)

This photo shows PIA's very first brand new Vickers Viscount 815 (AP-AJC) on a pre-delivery test flight before its delivery to PIA on January 12, 1959. On May 18, 1959, AP-AJC skidded sideways off the runway and broke one of its wings after landing at Rawalpindi Airport, Pakistan. Although, there was no loss of life in this accident but AP-AJC was damaged beyond repair and withdrawn from use


PIA de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300

de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300  (Abbas Ali Collection)

This photo shows AP-AWH at Dacca International Air Port/Tejgaon Air Base in East Pakistan. Six brand-new Twin Otters were delivered to PIA between November 1970 and March 1971. The former Sikorsky S-61N helicopter routes in East Pakistan were resumed with these new Twin Otters. These sturdy little airliners were most suitable and perfect for STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) operations in East Pakistan.

At the start of 1971 Pak-India war, on December 4, 1971,
AP-AWH was one of two PIA Twin Otters at Dacca International Air Port/Tejgaon Air Base in East Pakistan.

The two Twin Otters were hidden under trees due to absence of pen not large enough to properly secure these two aircraft. On December 4 afternoon, AP-AWH was destroyed on ground by an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21FL flown by Wing Commander Bhupinder Kumar Bishnoi during air raid. The second Twin Otter was lucky to survive the air raid.

On December 8, the surviving Twin Otter of PIA took-off from Dacca Airport taxiway on flight to Burma (presently known as Myanmar). The Twin Otter on its flight to Burma carried Pakistan Air Force (PAF) No. 14 Squadron F-86E Sabre fighter pilots because runway at Dacca cratered by IAF bombings had become unusable for combat aircraft operations. The F-86E pilots were flown to Burma to shift them to West Pakistan and enable them to take part in air war from West Pakistan



PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Copyright © PIA)

This photo shows AP-BBF taking off from an airport in Pakistan in early 1980s. On August 25, 1989, AP-BBF was operating early morning flight from Gilgit to Islamabad when it vanished in the Himalayan mountains. The wreckage of this unlucky Fokker was never found. AP-BBF was carrying a total of 54 people including 5 crew members and 49 passengers


PIA Fokker F27 Friendship Mk 200

Fokker F27 Friendship Mark 200  (Frank Ellemers Collection)

This rare photo from Frank's collection shows AP-ATO parked at Chitral Airport in late 1960s. On December 16, 1978, AP-ATO with three crew members onboard took off from Karachi Airport for training flight including a series of stall tests. On final approach to Karachi Airport, both engines of the aircraft lost power immediately following power increase during a stall recovery and the aircraft crashed near the airport. Unfortunately one of the crew members aboard the Fokker died in this accident




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