Pakistani airline investigates ‘extra passengers’ flown on fully booked plane

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A Pakistani airliner is investigating how and why at least seven more passengers than the maximum allowed were able to board a plane in Pakistan and then forced to stand in the aisle for more than three hours from takeoff to landing.

Pakistan International Airlines admitted over the weekend that 416 people were on board Flight PK-743 from Karachi to Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 20. The passenger jet was a Boeing 777, which can seat only 409.

The incident was first reported by the Pakistani news outlet Dawn

Carrying excess passengers is a serious breach of airline safety regulations. The passengers who were standing in the aisle would…

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