PIA A320 near Karachi on Jun 19th 2017, cracked windshield

Last Update: June 21, 2017 / 22:37:09 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 19, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-204

Destination
Lahore, Pakistan

Aircraft Registration
AP-BLS

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration AP-BLS performing flight PK-204 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Lahore (Pakistan), was enroute at FL370 about 190nm north of Karachi (Pakistan) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL290, then turned south to divert to Karachi. The aircraft landed safely on Karachi's runway 25L about 50 minutes after leaving FL370.

The airline's press office reported the aircraft diverted to Karachi due to weather conditions in Lahore.

Ground observers reported the aircraft landed with a cracked windshield.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Karachi about 58 hours after landing.

On Jun 21st 2017 The Aviation Herald learned (while trying to clarify the conflict between airline press statement and ground observers), that the aircraft indeed suffered a cracked windshield, the repairs take longer than normal due to present weather conditions in order to permit the windshield sealant to set in and avoid bubbles.

Metars Lahore at estimated arrival:
OPLA 191430Z 11006KT 4000 FU SCT040 BKN100 25/24 Q997 A29.53=
OPLA 191359Z 11006KT 4000 FU RETSRA SCT040 BKN100 25/14 Q996 A29.43 TEMPO 32015G45KT 1000 TSRA FEW030CB=
OPLA 191330Z 12009KT 3000 TS RERA FEW030CB SCT040 BKN100 25/24 Q996 A29.45=
OPLA 191259Z 12011KT 2000 -TSRA FEW03CB SCT040 BKN100 25/24 Q998 A29.46 TEMPO 32015G45KT 1000 TSRA FEW03CB=
OPLA 191155Z 30008KT 1000 TSRA FEW030CB SCT040 OVC100 26/22 Q1001 A29.53 TEMPO 32015G45KT 1000 TSRA FW030CB=
OPLA 191125Z 06015KT 2000 TS FEW030CB SCT040 BKN100 26/22 Q997 A29.45=
OPLA 191055Z 04021KT 2000 DRDU SCT040 BKN100 28/22 Q997 A2945 TEMPO 32015G45KT 1000 TSRA FEW030 CB=
OPLA 190959Z 18005KT 5000 HZ FEW040 SCT100 36/22 Q996 A2943 TEMPO 32015G45KT 1000TSRA FEW030CB=
OPLA 190925Z 12004KT 6000 FEW100 35/21 Q997 A29.44=
OPLA 190855Z 14006KT 7000 NSC 35/21 Q0997 A29.44 BECMG 6000=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 19, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
PK-204

Destination
Lahore, Pakistan

Aircraft Registration
AP-BLS

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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