Crew members of a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight, in which heroin was found, returned to Islamabad from London….reports Asian Lite News
The crew made its way back from Heathrow Airport, where their passports were seized by British authorities who searched the plane and questioned them after landing from Islamabad on Monday.
According to Dawn, an inquiry has been launched into the issue.
British authorities confirmed on Wednesday that Border Force officers had found a “quantity of heroin” on board the PIA flight.
PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar said British authorities had “thoroughly searched” and detained the flight crew after they landed at Heathrow.
The Pakistan carrier has come under fire for poor performance, low safety standards and the staff’s unprofessional attitude.
Members of PIA crew have been sacked for smuggling contraband and assisting money laundering operations.
Earlier the British authorities detained 14 crew members of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight and the aircraft was “thoroughly searched” over security threats after it landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Flight PK-785 from Islamabad to London arrived at Heathrow Airport at 2.50 p.m. on Monday. Upon landing, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and aircraft were searched by the authorities, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar.
Tne crew was released after two hours of interrogation pertaining to the security concerns, Geo News reported on Tuesday.
“We have not been informed as to why was the crew detained,” said Tajwar. The crew members’ passports were also taken away by the police, the report said.
According to the British Police, the crew was taken under custody over security concerns but was released later as nothing was found during the search operation.
PIA said it is seeking to protest against the British Police misconduct with the flight crew.
The flight, meanwhile, was later cleared to take off from Heathrow Airport with replaced crew members.