A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Multan to Karachi with 47 passengers and crew on board escaped a major disaster when one of its engines caught fire just before the take off at the Multan Airport on Sunday.


Disaster was avoided on the PIA flight PK581 when the control tower spotted one of the engines had caught fire.

The pilot was informed and was able to stop the aircraft from taking flight moments before takeoff.

All passengers were safely evacuated from the plane by rescue teams.

According to officials, fire fighters put out the blaze that had erupted in the left engine of the ATR-42 aircraft and an investigation has been launched.

This latest scare comes only a few days after a plane crash which killed all 47 passengers including pop singer turned nasheed artist Junaid Jamshed and his family.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has now decided to ground its fleet of ATR planes and hold tests on the aircrafts.

“It has been decided to keep all 10 ATR aircraft grounded till they are cleared after thorough examination,” said a PIA press release.