Customs officials think drugs put into PIA plane in Karachi

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Pakistan has started investigation into the concealment of heroin in a London-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight this week, an aviation adviser said on Wednesday.

According to earlier reports, 14 crew members, including the pilot of the PIA flight were detained at Heathrow Airport on Monday over security concerns and were later released after a "thorough search" of the aircraft for over two hours.

The crew said the authorities also questioned them, and inquired the crew what part of the plane were they assigned to.

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Fourteen crew members were released after being detained for almost two hours by British authorities, Tajwar added.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is probing the incident after officers found a quantity of the Class A substance on Monday. The crew members' passports were also taken away by the police, the report said. The crew members were kept in detention for five hours, and according to UK Border Agency (UKBA) sources, information had been received from Pakistan that there were narcotics onboard the flight.

Subsequently, the return flight of the same day operated by same aircraft, flight PK 758 for the sector London-Lahore with a delay of two hours.

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On February 8, a PIA plane flying to Heathrow Airport was forced to land at London's Stansted Airport evening over security threats.

Contradicting an earlier statement by British police, a PIA spokesperson has claimed that the crew members of Pakistan International Airlines were not detained at Heathrow Airport.

Talking to media in Islamabad, the Prime Minister's Aviation Adviser Sardar Mehtab Abbasi said there has yet been no official word from the United Kingdom authorities on the issue.

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