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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 8 January 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-047B
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-AXK
C/n / msn: 18590/339
First flight: 1963-04-19 (17 years 9 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Karachi International Airport (KHI) (   Pakistan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Quetta Airport (UET/OPQT), Pakistan
Flightnumber:PK320
Narrative:
The Boeing 720 was approaching Quetta (UET) when the nose landing gear failed to extend. The crew decided to return to Karachi where they carried out a nose gear-up landing.

Classification:
Wheel(s) up landing

Sources:
» Flight International, 24 January 1981


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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Quetta Airport as the crow flies is 591 km (369 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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