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Eighteen Crew Members of Impounded Pakistan International Airlines Flight Arrive in Islamabad

File photo of a Pakistan International Airlines flight. (Image Source: Reuters)

File photo of a Pakistan International Airlines flight. (Image Source: Reuters)

The Pakistani flag carrier had leased two aircraft, including the seized Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese company in 2015.

Eighteen crew members of a Pakistan International Airlines flight which was seized by Malaysian authorities over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, arrived in Islamabad on Monday, a media report said. The aircraft was seized at the Kuala Lumpur Airport on January 15 on the orders of a local Malaysian court.

The Pakistani flag carrier had leased two aircraft, including the seized Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese company in 2015.

All the 172 passengers of the seized plane reached Islamabad on two flights, the Dawn news report quoted a PIA spokesman as saying.

According to the spokesman, 118 passengers arrived aboard an Emirates Airlines flight, while the remaining 54 passengers reached Islamabad in a Qatar Airways flight on Sunday morning.

The 18-member crew, due to reach the Pakistani capital on Monday, includes two pilots.

To review the situation, the country's aviation division has called a meeting of the working group, headed by senior joint secretary of the aviation division Abdul Sattar Khokhar on Wednesday, the Dawn news report quoted sources as saying.

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On January 15, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced that one of its aircraft was held back by a local court in Malaysia taking 'one-sided' decision pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court. Following the incident, alternate arrangements for passengers' travel were finalized. The plane with 170 passengers on board was held back in Malaysia over a lease dispute case between the cash-strapped national flag carrier and an Irish company pending in a UK court.

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