Pakistani singer Zoheb Hassan was supposed to travel in the ill-fated PIA plane that crashed on Friday at Karachi’s Model Colony area.
Zoheb Hassan said on Saturday that he almost boarded on the PK-8303 aircraft but missed by a whisker.
Nazia Hassan’s brother, Zoheb in a Facebook post said that how he had planned to return to Karachi on the same day but had to take an earlier flight.
“My dear father who passed away last Friday promised me to take care of my ailing mother if he dies. He died a few hours later. The only flight available was 300 miles from London in Manchester. With great difficulty I managed to get on to a ‘repatriation’ flight which was mainly carrying coronavirus affectees and dead bodies,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Upon reaching Lahore I was quarantined with 300 other passengers in a hotel. Nine of the crew and several other passengers contracted COVID-19 on the flight,” he added.
“As my father’s burial was on 21st I did everything in my power to get tested, as a special case, and return to Karachi on the same doomed flight 2 days earlier. God helped me here. My result was negative and was allowed to leave early,” he further added.
The singer said that had it not been for his dying father’s wishes, he would’ve either contracted the coronavirus while returning to Lahore or been on part of the tragic plane crash.
Zoheb and Nazia’s father Basir Hassan passed away on May 16.
Famous model Zara Abid was also among the victims of PIA flight PK8303 which crashed in Karachi yesterday.
The plane had 99 people on board and Sindh Health Department officials said two passengers, Zubair and Zafar Masood, survived the crash, while 97 were confirmed dead.
Zara Abid was a rising star of the Pakistani fashion industry and this year she won the Best Family Model award at the Hum Style Awards.
People are paying homage to Zara Abid on social media and she was described as a great and hardworking star.