KARACHI: A fire mysteriously broke out in a grounded plane at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Sunday night.
According to sources, the fire erupted suddenly in one of the inactive planes parked around one kilometer away from the runway. The airport authorities, after being informed, called the fire tenders which extinguished the blaze.
The sources said that bushes near the grounded planes caught fire, which eventually engulfed one of the planes parked in the compound.
The Civil Aviation Authority has taken notice of the incident and launched an investigation.
Earlier on Jan 7, a Karachi-bound flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had suffered serious damage after a bird hit near Jinnah International Airport.
According to details, PIA flight PK-311 coming from Quetta had been hit by a bird while landing at Jinnah International. The pilot, however, had successfully made landing as no human injury was reported.
In 2019, more than 19 planes were affected by bird strikes which caused millions of rupees loss to the national flag carrier.