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PIA to probe safety breach after 7 passengers forced to stand during Dubai flight

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PIA probes safety breach after 7 assengers forced to stand during Dubai flight

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s national carrier has said it would investigate allegations that a plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia carrying seven extra passengers standing, however, it denied the passengers stood in the aisles for the three-hour long journey.

Seven passengers aboard the PIA flight PK-743 (Karachi-Madina) on Jan 20 were forced to stand throughout the over three-hour flight after the airline boarded excess passengers in a serious breach of air safety regulations, the Dawn reported.

According to the reports, the Boeing 777 aircraft (Reg No: AP BID) has a seating capacity of 409, including jump seats, while flight PK-743 carried 416 passengers from Karachi to Madina.

The newspaper claimed the mistake only happen when passengers were issued with hand-written boarding passes rather than computer-generated ones.

Anwer Adil, who captained the flight, is quoted as saying he was not informed about the extra passengers until the plane was already in the air.

If true, the mishap would represent a serious breach of safety regulations. Passengers are required to be seated and have their seatbelts fastened during take-off and landing.

The newspaper quoted sources as saying that in case of an emergency, passengers without seats would not have access to oxygen masks and could block any emergency evacuation.

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North Korea claims his leader Kim can change weather

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PYONG YANG — North Korea has claimed that its leader Kim Jong-un can control the weather after he apparently went on leisurely summit of a 9,000ft mountain.

After releasing images this weekend of a smiling Kim on top of Mount Paektu, an active volcano on the China and North Korea border, the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the ‘peerlessly illustrious commander’ can control ‘the nature.’

Mount Paektu is normally a wintry mess in December, as per the news agency, but during Kim’s visit, it was a ‘marvelous scene with glee at the reappearance of its great master.’ When Kim ascended to the top, the mountain showed ‘fine weather unprecedented.’

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In the picture, Kim was seen wandering around under clear blue skies on Mount Paektu near the border with China — having apparently scaled it in shiny black shoes and formal clothing.

His achievement was lauded by the KCNA which also claimed the fine weather was a result of the chubby 33-year-old’s ability to control the weather.

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