Accidents can happen anywhere. That may not be a marker of incompetency but not having alternate routes about it does show your capability. The recent accident which shows competent or not such competent behaviour happened at Lahore Airport. DHL Plane that transports cargo witnessed tyre-burst in the middle of the runway. But this one incident has affected all flights destined for Lahore or flights that were supposed to take off from there.
DHL Plane Lahore
The accident happened on the only runway of the Lahore Airport, which means no other planes can taxi for takeoff or land at the airport. As a result, the flights that were supposed to come to Lahore have been redirected to other destinations or delayed. The flights scheduled to take off from Lahore have also been delayed.
The incident happened at 7:30 pm Pakistan time where six tyres burst after rejected takeoff due to engine failure. DHL’s Boeing 767 stood disabled. To deal with the situation, PIA engineers were called in for help.
A DHL plane’s tyre bursts at Lahore Airport in the middle of the runway, PIA engineering called into help, flights delayed today because of this pic.twitter.com/kgiqp5RjMZ
— Yasir Iqbal Khan (@yasirbtl) October 14, 2021
People were suffering all around the world because of this mishap.
@PakPMO Mr. Prime Minister we are stuck in Doha since last night . Lahore Airport Runway is not functional . All the passengers are off loaded till further answer from lahore My 82 year mother came from NY .
— Mohammad Afzal (@afzal_me) October 14, 2021
Can customer service ever be customer oriented in Pakistan? After epic incompetence of @official_pcaa at Lahore Airport, the airlines are now turning blind eye to passengers. @airblueairline no arrangement for bringing the stranded families to Lahore@ImranKhanPTI @GovtofPakistan
— ارسلان (@arszmeh) October 14, 2021
Netizens’ meme contest
Even though this happened last night only but Pakistanis memers were quick to get a grasp of the situation. Not long after, they were tweeting the freshly made memes. Have a look:
— Abdullah Virk (@Abdullah_20rk) October 15, 2021
ab kia tube pe nhi mil rahi 😂#lahoreairport
— Rajazafrandhanyal (@Rajazafrandhan1) October 15, 2021
“Because of course, a Boeing 767 is a Mehran, right? Just need a tube change…”
#lahoreairport Abdul puncturewala tried to make a killing by spilling nails on runaway
— Karna (@Karna23220715) October 15, 2021
A DHL plane’s tyre bursts at Lahore Airport in the middle of the runway, PIA engineering called into help, flights delayed today because of this.
6 tyres burst and they had no spares. pic.twitter.com/hCJpOdqkxl
— Farwa Naqvi (@farwanaqvi_) October 14, 2021
The situation got dealt with
The situation seems to have gotten resolved in the morning at 3 am and the airport has resumed flight operations. However, even though the operations have resumed, considering there is only one operational runway, the backlog of flights must have not aided everyone right away; passengers in other countries must have remained stranded for more hours and most domestic passengers must have had to scramble to book other flights post their flight cancellation.
International passengers must have to face a lot more trouble given how travelling during COVID times requires PCR and the test has a short validity period. Hopefully, airports around the world wherever the flight was supposed to come from to Lahore would have assisted the passengers in this matter.
But this does lead to one asking why one mishap at a fairly busy airport led to all flights being diverted or delayed. Why was it that at such a major International airport, there was only one runway?
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