Pakistan airliner flies with 7 extra passengers standing on aisle

The Boeing 777 had a total capacity of 409 seats, including jump seats for the staff, but carried 416 passengers.

Pakistan airliner flies with 7 extra passengers standing on aisle

In a serious breach of air safety regulations, a Pakistan International Airlines flight to Saudi Arabia reportedly carried 7 extra passengers standing in the aisle of the flight.

According to media reports, the incident happened on January 20 on a flight bound for Medina from Karachi.

PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani told the BBC that the airline is investigating how it was allowed to happen. The passengers were allowed on the flight despite every seat being filled, he said.


The Boeing 777 had a total capacity of 409 seats, including jump seats for the staff, but carried 416 passengers.

Staff, according to the report, issued additional handwritten boarding passes to the 7 passengers.

This would have caused problems because in an emergency evacuation and passengers would not have had access to oxygen if it was suddenly required, aviation experts told the BBC.

The Pakistan's newspaper accuses Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority of "not taken punitive action against the airline or its staffers for putting the passengers' lives at risk".

The newspaper quoting airline sources accuses PIA ground traffic staff of issuing handwritten boarding passes to the extra passengers. It quoted the flight captain, Anwer Adil, insisting that he was not told about the extra passengers until after take-off.

"I... noticed [that] some people were those who were categorically refused jump [staff] seats by me at the check-in counter before the flight", he was quoted by Dawn as saying.

"I had already taken off and the senior purser did not inform me about extra passengers before closing the aircraft door.