One woman passenger was killed and two stewards injured when unidentified gunman opened fire on the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-756 from Riyadh was landing at the Peshawar airport on Tuesday June 24, 2o14. Injured were rushed to hospital for medical treatment. Security forces have blocked all the roads to airport and flight operations have been stopped. All flights destined for Peshawar are now being diverted to Lahore airport.
PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar confirmed the incident and told reporters that three passengers were injured by the gunfire on the flight which was in the landing position when someone opened fired on the plane. The injured woman could not survive and died. Two injured stewards are being treated in the hospital.
The flight captain narrowly escaped a bullet and was able to land the plane safely. Passengers got panicked and wanted to come out of the plane as soon as possible. However, the PIA stewards were able to keep them seated. Plane received ten gun bullets as a result of firing.
Security forces are searching the area around the airport. Civil Aviation Authority has stopped the flight operation at the Peshawar airport after the firing incident. Flights are now being diverted to the Allama Iqbal International airport Lahore.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shah Farman while talking to reporters said that firing incidents like this are “a usual occurrence in the area”. He further said that it is dificult to ascertain from which side the bullets were fired.