Karachi: Armed engineer arrested aboard Muscat-bound plane
KARACHI: Airport Security Force (ASF) acting on a tip-off arrested an armed man off a Muscat–bound flight at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, Express News reported early Wednesday morning. Officials said that a man identified as Iftikhar Ali, an aircraft engineer with the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), was on board flight PK 225, flying from Karachi to Muscat, Oman. He was apprehended and a pistol with six bullets were recovered from his possession.
ASF officials have handed Ali over to Airport Police who are currently questioning him regarding the weapon.
Unless carried by authorised flight marshals, firearms and ammunition are prohibited on board commercial aircrafts.
Once authorities process Ali, a case is expected to be registered against him.
Last month, PIA airliner was forced to land shortly after takeoff from Karachi after a passenger threatened to hijack the aircraft.