PIA crew questioned by ANF

Plane search fiasco

Staff Reporter


Eleven crew members of the Pakistan International Airline flight, in which a ‘quantity of heroin’ was allegedly found, were detained at Jinnah International Airport by the Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) after they landed in Karachi from London on Thursday.
The crew members were briefly questioned by the ANF before they were allowed to exit the airport.
The crew made its way back from London Heathrow Airport, where their passports were briefly taken from them by British authorities who searched the aircraft and questioned the PIA crew upon landing, it is learnt.
According to PIA sources an inquiry has been launched into the matter of the heroin found on the flight, and CCTV footage from the flight is being looked at, to find clues as to how the heroin was brought on board.
British authorities had confirmed on May 17 that their Border Force officers had found a “quantity of heroin” on board a PIA flight that landed at Heathrow Airport on May 16.
The authorities had further said National Crime Agency officials were investigating the case after the seizure of narcotics from the plane.
“No arrests have been made, inquiries are ongoing,” said an official associated with the agency.
Earlier on Wednesday, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar had confirmed that British authorities had “thoroughly searched” and detained the flight crew after they landed at Heathrow Airport.
Flight 785 from Islamabad to London had landed at 2:50pm Monday. Upon landing, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and aircraft were searched by the authorities, the spokesperson said.
Fourteen crew members were released after being detained for nearly two hours by British authorities, Tajwar added.
“We have not been informed as to why was the crew detained,” Tajwar had initially said, adding that the flight had since returned to Pakistan at 11:30 am Tuesday.

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