|September 9, 1999
The Financial Times
A cargo airline yesterday said it had suspended
flights to Pakistan after the
pilots of one of its aircraft reported seeing a mysterious "flash
explosion" shortly after taking off from the Karachi airport
ago. Lufthansa Cargo India ... filed a complaint to India's Director
General of Civil Aviation saying the pilots .... saw the bright
flash of an
apparent explosion at around 2:30 am local time on Monday about
from the Karachi airport. According to the complaint, Lufthansa
speculated that it could have been a missile explosion.
Just before the
blast, ... the Karachi air traffic control directed the aircraft
right. As the aircraft turned and crossed an altitude of 3,000
pilots saw the bright flash near the aircraft on their left side.
Director - General of Civil Aviation said ... the explosion "appeared
narrowly missed the aircraft" and "brightly" lit up the cockpit.
statement said it seemed to the light crew the flash had "a trajectory
from the ground". The Lufthansa crew reported the incident
to the Karachi
radar tower, and two other incoming aircraft - a Pakistan International
Airlines flight and a private Pakistani carrier - reportedly