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Zoheb Hassan could have been on ill-fated PIA flight

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A Pakistan International Airlines aircraft carrying more than 100 passengers and 8 crew members crashed in a residential colony in Karachi, minutes before landing, on Friday.

The tragic incident has claimed at least 92 lives so far. Flight PK 8303 took off from Lahore and was bound for Karachi.

Singer Zoheb Hassan, in a Facebook post, shared that he could have been on the ill-fated flight. But he returned to Karachi two days earlier than planned. Maybe it was a stroke of luck or his mother’s prayers.

“MY INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO FULFILL THE WISHES OF MY DYING FATHER IN THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. (PLEASE READ THIS),” his caption read.

“My dear father who passed away last Friday promised me to take care of my ailing mother if he dies. He died a few hours later. The only flight available was 300 miles from London in Manchester. With great difficulty I managed to get on to a ‘repatriation’ flight which was mainly carrying coronavirus affectees and dead bodies,” he shared.

“Upon reaching Lahore I was quarantined with 300 other passengers in a hotel. Nine of the crew and several other passengers contracted COVID-19 on the flight.”

Zoheb said he was supposed to leave after 72 hours on flight PIA 830 from Lahore to Karachi. “As my father’s burial was on 21st I did everything in my power to get tested, as a special case, and return to Karachi on the same doomed flight 2 days earlier.






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