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.Follow @gorkhapost
India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip
HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.
The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.
The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.
World’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Telangana is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it. pic.twitter.com/0ADu5jbAd2
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2018
One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.
Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.
District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.
Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.Follow @gorkhapost