Two corpses were left behind at a New York airport instead of being flown to Lahore, Pakistan’s national airline said, apologizing Wednesday for the latest embarrassing mishap to hit the troubled carrier.
The oversight occurred on Saturday at New York’s JFK airport as the airline prepared for its final flight from the US city to Lahore via Manchester, with the route since suspended due to financial losses.
Following the mix-up, the corpse of Pakistani man Nasir Ali was delivered to Lahore Wednesday on an Etihad Airways flight, while the family of another man Nauman Badar has now decided to bury him in Maryland instead.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chairman Musharraf Rasool Cyan has ordered an inquiry into the oversight, a company spokesman told AFP.
PIA “regrets the inconvenience caused due to negligence… and expresses its sympathies to the family members of the deceased persons,” a spokesman for the airline said in a statement.