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Peshawar: 1 dead, 2 injured in firing at passenger plane just before landing

Jun 25, 2014 07:42 AM IST India India

Peshawar: One woman passenger was killed and two fight stewards injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a passenger plane landing at Peshawar's Bacha Khan airport. The PIA flight PK756, with 196 passengers on board from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to Peshawar, was fired upon for two minutes before landing at the Bacha Khan International airport late on Tuesday night.

The firing injured three people including two flight stewards - Wajid and Ijaz- and a woman, who later succumbed to her wounds. The plane was hit by six bullets, narrowly missing the captain. At least one bullet struck the plane's engine. The fire shots came from the adjacent Tehkal area side.

"Suddenly there were shots fired on the flight. We have no idea what happened The shots were fired at the last seats of the flight. One woman was killed. We were seated in the front seats. We were not allowed to get up from our seats," a witness said.

Wajid, who sustained bullet injuries in his leg, said the plane was at an altitude of 250 to 300 feet height when gunshot hit the plane at the back side. Luckily Captain Tariq Chaudhry safely landed the plane at airport and averted a catastrophe. His colleague flight steward Ijaz received three bullet wounds and shifted to CMH Peshawar and was being operated upon, Wajid said.

"The motive is to spread terror. This is just to create terror among people," Senior journalist Raza Rumi said.

Meanwhile, a Peshawar bound flight coming from Kuala Lumpur was diverted to Lahore airport as PIA authorities immediately suspended flight operations at the airport. Security forces immediately launched search operations in the suspected areas around the airport to nab the culprits.