Pakistan Airlines flight attendant missing after landing in Toronto

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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cabin crew member has gone missing after landing at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

Aijaz Ali Shah was working on flight PK 781 from Islamabad International Airport (ISB), which arrived in Toronto on October 14, 2022, 16:00 local time.

A PIA spokesperson confirmed to Canadian media outlet Global News that Shah did not make it to the crew bus taking airline staff members to their layover hotel following airport immigration.

“Both the flight purser and our station manager [in] Toronto kept on calling his given numbers for two days but no response,” PIA’s official spokesperson Abdullah H. Khan said in an email sent to Global News.

Shah was reported to Canadian authorities when he did not report to the airline’s return flight to Islamabad.

According to the PIA spokesperson, this is the third incident in 2022 where a cabin crew has gone missing in Canada. 

Another airline spokesperson confirmed to a Pakistani media outlet that during the past two years alone, a total of seven airline crew members have ‘escaped’ after their flight landed in Canada, presumably to obtain citizenship.

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