No evidence of aircraft damage in Karachi attack

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There is no immediate evidence that any aircraft were damaged during the overnight attack on Karachi airport, despite multiple claims.

Emirates acknowledges that one of its flights – the EK603 service to Dubai, operated with a Boeing 777 – was cancelled after passengers and crew were withdrawn to a secure part of the terminal, under military guidance.

The carrier states that passengers will be rebooked on other Emirates services once the airport re-opens.

Images from the scene of the 8 June attack showed several Boeing 737s, among them jets from Shaheen Air and Air Indus, parked at Karachi against a backdrop of flames.

But Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa, via his social media feed, states that there was “no damage” to aircraft and that a blaze at the airport affected only a building.

“All vital assets [are] intact,” he adds.

Unconfirmed and unsourced reports had listed several aircraft as having suffered damage during the events, but there has been no subsequent verification.

Cargolux, which operates Boeing 747 freighters, insists that none of its aircraft was damaged – or even present – at the airport at the time of the attack.

The carrier operates a weekly service to Karachi but has cancelled the stop until further notice.

Thai Airways had an Airbus A330-300 in transit from Muscat to Bangkok but local reports, quoting the airline, state that it transferred its passengers and crew to a secure lounge, and that, although the aircraft remains parked at Karachi, it is safe and under guard.