Huh? Pakistan Airlines sacrifice goat on runway before take-off for safe flight

Updated: Dec 20, 2016, 13:27 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Pakistan's national airline PIA mocked on social media after images of a black goat being slaughtered on the tarmac next to an ATR-42 aircraft about to take off to ward off bad luck went viral

 Pop star Junaid Jamshed was among 48 people killed when a small turboprop ATR 42 plane crashed into a hillside north of Islamabad on December 7, the latest episode in the country’s long history of aviation disasters. Pic/AFPPop star Junaid Jamshed was among 48 people killed when a small turboprop ATR 42 plane crashed into a hillside north of Islamabad on December 7, 2016, the latest episode in the country’s long history of aviation disasters. Pic/AFP

Pakistan's national airline has been mocked on social media after it emerged that some of its employees had sacrificed a black goat on the runway ahead of a flight to ward off bad luck.

Seeking "divine intervention", staff of Pakistan's national carrier PIA sacrificed a black goat at the airport tarmac in Islamabad before an ATR-42 aircraft took off nearly a week after the French-built turboprop planes were grounded following a crash that killed 47 people.

"The officials sacrificed a goat on Sunday as a gesture of gratitude as the ATR aircraft resumed flight operations," a PIA official was quoted as saying by local media. The official, however, clarified that it was not a management-level decision.

Later, the plane left for Multan, making it the first ATR-42 aircraft to be pressed into service since the start of shakedown tests on all such aircraft in the wake of the air crash near Havelian on December 7 that killed all 47 people on board, including pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed.

The pictures of the event showing PIA ground staff slaughtering a black goat next to an ATR-42 aircraft ready for departure went viral. Once it was established that the images were  genuine and not photo-shopped, Twitterati ent into hypedrive and mocked the airlines for indulging in superstition.

PAKISTAN CRICKET LEGEND AND POLITICIAN IMRAN KHAN BLASTED THE AIRLINES

HERE'S HOW TWITTERATI REACTED TO THE NEWS:

EVEN PAKISTAN DEFENCE DIDN'T SPARE THE AIRLINES

ABOUT THE ATR AIRCRAFT

The ATR 42-500 is a twin turboprop regional aircraft that carries 48 passengers in standard configuration. ATR aircraft are capable of operations on both paved and unpaved strips. The engines are built by US manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

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