PIA A320 at Islamabad on Dec 12th 2021, engine troubles reduce passenger count from 186 to 6

Last Update: December 12, 2021 / 16:26:42 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 12, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-301

Aircraft Registration
AP-BLB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration AP-BLB performing flight PK-301 from Islamabad to Karachi (Pakistan) with 180 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Islamabad's runway 28l when the crew stopped the climb at about 4000 feet due to problems with an engine (CFM56). The aircraft returned to Islamabad for a safe landing on runway 10R about 10 minutes after departure. The aircraft taxied to the apron.

The passengers were kept aboard while engineers worked on the engine and thought to have fixed the problem. Unusual noises from the engine prevented the aircraft from taxiing out for departure. engineers worked a second time on the engine and again thought to have fixed the problem, a third departure attempt ended in vain due to unusual noise from the engine. Passengers now insisted to deboard the aircraft, all but 6 passengers left the aircraft. Engineers finally succeeded in fixing the engine issue and the aircraft departed again about 5 hours after the first departure (which already had been delayed by 2.5 hours) and reached Karachi with a delay of 7.5 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 12, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-301

Aircraft Registration
AP-BLB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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