Pakistan International Airlines plane seized in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities on Friday seized a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane at the Kuala Lumpur Airport over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues. The PIA plane was seized on the orders of a local Malaysian court.

PIA had leased two aircraft, including the seized Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese company in 2015. The plane was seized after passengers had already boarded the aircraft. The aircraft’s 18-member staff also became stranded in Kuala Lumpur due to the seizure, and will now quarantine for 14 days as per protocols, the sources said.

In a Twitter post, the Pakistani flag carrier said: “The passengers are being looked after and alternate arrangements for their travel have been finalized.”