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Momi Gul Durrani: The Face of PIA

Posted on July 23, 2008
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On May 20, 1965 Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK705 from Dhahran was descending on the runway of Cairo airport. This was PIA’s inaugural flight to Cairo. 119 unfortunate people onboard died.

Among the victims was PIA’s trend setter air-stewardess Momi Gul Durrani.

At ATP we have done a number of posts of PIA – both on its high-flying early years (here, here, here) and its more troubled recent years (here, here, here). If ever there was a “Face of PIA,” it was Momi Gul Durrani. No PIA personality, with the exception of Air Marshal Nur Khan (who, in fairness, was already a celebrity before he came to PIA) has ever achieved such public recognition, affection and fame as Momi Durrani did.

Quoting from the Mr. Abbas Ali‘s website History of PIA:

Momi was one of PIA’s highly trained, professional and hard working cabin crew members of 1950s and 1960s. She was tall, fair with film-star looks. In short period of time she gained immense popularity and achieved status of a bright star and a legend in PIA’s glorious history.

Omar Kureishi, while writing an article in Dawn of March 30, 2003 recalled Momi in following words:

(For the inaugural PIA flight to Cairo) We had our VIP cabin crew including Momi Durrani, a Pathan girl, tall and fair with film-star looks. We had featured Momi in our advertisements. When she smiled, she made others smile.

In the first two photos, Momi Gul Durrani is seen in 1950s uniform of PIA. Once again quoting from website History of PIA (re. the first photograph):

This photos shows PIA’s legendary Air Hostess Momi Gul Durrani in 1950s uniform. This uniform was designed by Frenchman Chausee Fortaignelle who was with PIA on a 5 year deputation from Pan Am. In this design a white shalwar and dupatta were set off by a green shirt with white cuffs and collar. Shoes and bags were black. The most interesting item of this uniform was a jaunty green cap for the hostesses. This uniform design was used from 1955 to 1960

Photo to the right is the monument (graves) of 119 fateful passengers of PK705 in Cairo, Egypt.

Note: As written above, PK705 was an inaugural flight in a sense that it was the resumption of Karachi-Cairo service which had been suspended for many years until the fateful day of May 20, 1965.

References:

(1) History of PIA by Abbas Ali
(2) Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi’s Photo Selection at Flickr.com
(3) The Cairo Crash by Omer Kureishi
(4) Photo of the PK705 memorial is from Wikipedia

128 Comments on “Momi Gul Durrani: The Face of PIA”

  1. July 23rd, 2008 3:07 am

    I think many intellectuals including Mashriq editor died in this crash.

  2. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 23rd, 2008 4:41 am

    @ Being a Karachiit, I saw the peak days of PIA
    beginning with Karachi Int. airport building, one of
    the well known monument of Pakistan, situated at the very
    end of Karachi in the most isolated hostile terrain ( at that
    time, now bustling part of Karachi) between Malir and Drigh air-base. PIA always maintained in the past a respectable
    status, whether Pilots or hostesses dignified and very helpful
    and patient, though some passengers were just impossible and
    pure pain-in-the-neck. Food was always excellent tasty and
    generous, the services were quick, efficient and humaine,
    but, unfortunately, the bloody Politics entered into the game
    and began the attitude of I-give-a-damnism, thanks to
    Bhuttoism, (general nationalization idiocy) Airport Security forces converted later into famous most hated FSF by Bhutto.
    What ever he touched was damned.
    Traveling with PIA use to be a pleasant leisure, way back in
    62 when I travelled first time alone as a youngboy with a tag
    around my neck, Karachi-Quetta during which saw the most beautiful hostesses in Asia.
    Rafay Kashmiri

  3. Anwar says:
    July 23rd, 2008 6:58 am

    Beautiful person indeed. Thanks for the post.

  4. Zaka says:
    July 23rd, 2008 8:58 am

    Historyofpia.com

    Very Beautiful Site, one of the best in Pakistan.

    Thank you ATP

  5. RAVIAN says:
    July 23rd, 2008 10:13 am

    This is a very elegant lady, certainly. I am too young to remember those days but I do remember hearing from my parents generation about how great PIA used to be and how it was a “pleasure” to fly. Now flying is not a pleasure anywhere in teh world, it has become a pain. unfortunately on PIA more than ever

  6. Uzma says:
    July 23rd, 2008 10:56 am

    The most beautiful uniform ever. It looks graceful, elegant, active and smart.
    And it was given up only after five years. Wish it was the same today as well.

  7. Jadoon says:
    July 23rd, 2008 7:48 pm

    Very interesting. I had not known of her. But, yes, I have herd stories of the “good old days”. Although now they seem very distant.

  8. Greywolf says:
    July 24th, 2008 1:51 am

    It is good to remember people like Momi Durrani and remind ourselves of a simpler more elegant time.

  9. Old Timer says:
    July 24th, 2008 2:16 am

    Yes, she was teh face of PIA in those early times. Nice of you to write about her and those days.

  10. Riaz Haq says:
    July 24th, 2008 3:18 pm

    This piece and the pictures remind me of the “good old days” of PIA when Pakistanis took pride in the national flag carrier. Now many of us prefer to fly other airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates that started much later but gained status and market share at the expense of PIA by providing better service, more value and broader choices. Nostalgia is good but it won’t help PIA. What it needs is serious reform and turn-around to stay alive in the new competitive environment.

  11. June 7th, 2009 1:04 pm

    Dear Sir ,

    Whoever you are , just stop making a mockery about everything in Pakistan.Firstly PIA has a very good Safety record ande some of the Best Pilots in the World.The only thing PIA is suffering from is lack of funds , secondly Corruption to the highest levels of Govenment and on top of which Pakistan has suffered the cosequences of supporting the Terrorists to drive out the Russians from Afghanistan with support from USA and lastly the embargo impact which has consequently made Pakistan as a nation suffer.Thank God Almighty at least China has been both a Friend and an Ally through all this turmoil. You People in Pakistan should be proud of the fact that since Independence Pakistan has created the MOST ELITE DEFENCE FORCE IN THE WORLD where Generals have run the country successfully and the ones who speak of democracy come to Rob the country like the present haed of state of Pakistan who was elected , and prior to this years ago due to his corruption brought an end to his Wife governing the country.The thief is back in Power to do as he pleases.General Musharaf should have been given another term and to be honest he was the only one capable of PLACING Pakisatn on its right Path.As Ayub Khan said EDUCATE the Masses in Schools to make them understand Politics and its mechanisms.Pakistan is Still great but do not Blame PIA staff for the mishaps of the top Management who have been Robbing PIA thus leaving its piliots with outdated planes.Get rid of the Thieving Politicains and Management then you will see the results.
    Sorry that is the truth.It might be hard to swallow…but is a fact.
    Have a nice day.

    Bye

    Mr J.J.Dean

  12. Benawa says:
    June 21st, 2009 5:44 pm

    Owais, I have seen better pictures of Momi. Are you sure these two are the best you could do?

    I remember seeing an absolutely enchanting one with a poster
    that said,”Momi muskurati raihay gee.”(Momi will keep on
    smiling,” must have been some kind of posthumous print
    dedicated to her memory—see if you can find and post it here).

    p.s. I think Momi ‘s sister, Qundi Gul, is married to Sohail Rana.

    Bless you for the long lost memories!

    (Chalo kay chul kay charaghan kareen Diare Habib
    hain intezar mein ugly muhabtoon kay mazaar…)

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    June 21st, 2009 5:55 pm

    Benawa saheb, I’ll search for more photos. These are what I saw at a site called ‘History of PIA’ and was able to get permission to post here.

  14. September 18th, 2010 2:36 am

    “MISS MOMI GUL DURRANI ” WAS REALLY A PRETTY
    ROSE OF PAKISTAN, TRAGICALLY SHE DIED IN PIA AIRCRASH NEAR CAIRO ON MAY 1965.
    THE DAY I HAVE SEEN HER SNAPS, I BECOME A FAN
    OF HER, I FEEL NOW I LOST SOMETHING, MADE ME SAD
    MY INNER FEELINGS, I PRAY TO ALLAH ” MAY ALLAH
    REST HER SOUL IN PEACE ( AMEEN )

    TIPUSULTAN- KARACHI

  15. IFTIKHAR HUSSAIN says:
    September 20th, 2010 3:55 am

    ” Almost near 5 decades has been past , Fatal accident happened in : cairo:

    Momi was a great Hostess of her Air Journey, at the young age
    of 27, she lost her life.
    We never forgets her smiles.

    Iftikhar Hussain,
    Airport, Karachi-11

  16. Tabish Khan Jadoon says:
    October 6th, 2010 6:28 am

    After going through histroy of PIA on diffrent channnels,

    No doubt Miss Momi Gul Durrani, the innocent girl, lost her life, In Cairo Aircrash in 1965, she was the leading lady of her
    time.

    I wish to add one personality more in this Aircrash that is
    Captain of the ill fated Boeing 720 B, Late Captain Ali Akhter Khan, who was Senior most Pilot at that time, he used to live
    in our neighbours Drigh Road Cantt Bazar Benglows, his family later shifted somewhere in PECHS.

    Thanks,
    Tabish Khan Jadoon

  17. ATHAR SAEED BUTT says:
    October 8th, 2010 12:54 am

    LONG LONG AGO, MY LATE AUNTIE MRS.KISWAR BUTT,
    WAS FLIGHT PURSER IN BETWEEN 56-64, IN PIA, SHE
    USED TO TRAVEL WITH MOMI GUL DURRANI, AFTER
    1965 INCIDENT, SHE TOLD US THAT, MOMI PERSONALITY WAS VERY CHARMING, SHE WAS HOSTESS
    BY NATURE, SMILES ALL THE TIMES, VERY COPERATIVE WITH HER STAFF AND PASSENGERS DURING FLIGHT.
    FAMOUS MUSIC DIRECTER SOHAIL RANA,NOW RESIDES
    AT CANADA, MARRIED QUNDI GUL DURRANI, YOUNGER SISTER OF LATE MOMI GUL DURRANI.
    ATHAR SAEED BUTT,
    LAHORE, GULBERG.

  18. Raees Nakshbandi says:
    October 9th, 2010 3:49 am

    Date back in the years 1960s, when propler aircraft were used,
    Boeing jet age was not intrdoduced, The newly born PIA.
    its Aircraft Take-off and Landing timinings were perfect,
    Crew staff were very dutiful and obedient nature for passengers, Momigul was among them was a jewel for PIA,
    This tragic accident happend almost near 5 decades ago, every thing has been changed, life style, presentation.
    But the trend of hospatility of” Momigull Durrani” will ever
    remains in mind and history of PIA.

    Raees Nakshbandi,

  19. Talha Bangash says:
    October 12th, 2010 2:20 am

    Having seen phtographs of M/s.Momi Gul Durrani, and brief
    history of tragic air crash near Cairo Airport on 20th May,1965,

    Feel sorry for tragic death of Miss.Momi, Our Airline lost
    their Beauty Queen very early.

    May Allah take her soul in peace. ( Ameen )

    Talha Bangash.
    NWFP-Bannu

  20. GHULAM RASOOL SHAH says:
    October 13th, 2010 6:30 am

    THE PAST IS ALWAYS NOT THE PAST, 20TH MAY 1965,
    PIA 720-B BOEING AIRCRASH DAY IS NOT FAR FROM OUR HEARTS, WE CAN NEVER FORGET THE LOVELY PEOPLE
    DIED IN THIS TRAGIC AIRCRASH.
    MAJ.GEN. HAYAUDDIN AHMED, CGS PAK ARMY
    SENIOR MOST CAPTAIN ALI AKHTER KHAN.
    CAPT.AFZAL JOHRI.
    PURSER MEHFUZUL HAQ BHUYAN.
    SHINING STAR OF PIA MISS,MOMI GUL DURRANI.
    MR.JIMMY MIRZA, DIRCTOR COMMERCAIL PIA.

    WE REMEMBER THEM.

    GHULAM RASOOL SHAH,
    EX.PIA CREW STAFF MEMBER

  21. Faisal Rasheed Khan says:
    October 15th, 2010 5:37 am

    How forget our golden past, past is sometimes never past but
    a, how we forget the creams of our grand one Airline,PIA,

    PIA Midway House, Airport Inns Hotel, one called Speedbird House,when BOAC Airlines operated in 60s, they have stories
    of past personalities.
    Capt.Ali Akhter Khan,
    Capt Afzal Johar,
    Sweet Lovely Momi Gul Durrani.

    Past now belongs them, but cannot forget them at all.
    Boeing 720-B, AP-AMH AIRCRASH ON 20TH MAY 1965,
    a great tragedy for we Pakistanis.

    Faisal Rasheed KHan,
    Walton, Lahore.

  22. M.Lateef Gopang says:
    October 16th, 2010 3:15 am

    It PIA not lost 720-B, Aeroplane, but we lost our lovely and
    dynamic people, at that time in 1965, no advance medical research was practised, passengers all were burnt, Our East
    Pakistani brethern were also there as Passengers and PIA staff,
    the burnt bodies were buried in mass graves near Crash location.
    Please see the website :www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3979570&o

    http://www.photos from We remember:PIA PK 705 (20 May 1965 )

    A tragic event we lost Miss. Momi Gul Durrani ( Miss PIA )

  23. LATEEF QURESHI says:
    October 18th, 2010 3:12 am

    THOSE WHO BELONGS TO THIS MEMORY :

    AT THAT TIME, I WAS WORKING IN KLM MIDWAY HOUSE, NEAR TERMINAL 1, AIRPORT, ALL THE FLIGHTS WERE ARRIVED AND DEPARTED FROM THIS TERMINAL,
    IT WAS 19TH MOHARRAM, I JUST REACHED MY DUTY PLACE AT A SUDDEN, THIS TRAGIC NEWS SUDDENLY, SUCAME TO OUR NOTICE, PROBABLY ALL THE PIA ILLFATED PLANE CREW MEMBERS THOSE NOT LIVING IN KARACHI, LAST STAYED AT KLM MIDWAY HOSUE,
    THIS WAS A BASE FOR OUT STATION STAFF.
    AS I TODAY REMEMBER AFTER LAPSE OF OVER 40 YEARS.
    PAST IS ANOTHER CENTURY.

    ALLAH BLESS ALL THE TRAGIC CREW MEMBERS AND PASSENGERS.

  24. Akbar Rizvi says:
    October 19th, 2010 1:42 am

    PIA CAIRO BOEING AIRCRASH IN MAY 20TH, 1965
    WAS A GREAT TRAGIC ACCIDENT FOR ALL OF US

    WE REMEMBER THEM ALL THE TIME, WHEN THEIR GOOD OLD DAYS SERVED WITH US.

    ALLAH REST THEIR SOUL IN PEACE ( AMEEN )

    RIZVI

  25. TAHIR KHAN KURD says:
    October 20th, 2010 6:56 am

    We never forget our dearers and nearers, we lost on20th May 1965, unfortunate aircrash near cairo airport, during landing

    we lost the legends.
    Gen Hayauddin. PA18 Chairman Nationa Press trust.
    Capt Akhter Capt no 1. (PIA)
    Capt Afzal Joheri.
    Legendry Airhostess Momi Gul Durrani.
    Miss.Mehmooda. Airhostess.
    Miss.Nasima Airhostess.
    Flt Eng Khalid.

  26. M.Ismael Khan says:
    October 21st, 2010 1:41 am

    THIS IS A VERY TRAGIC AIRCRASH OF OUR AIRCRAFT HISTORY, MOST OF THE PASSENGERS WERE BELONGED
    TO NEWSPAPER AND MEDIA INDUSTRY, GOING ON INAGURAL FLIGHT OF NEW ROUTE KARACHI-DHARAN-CAIRO-LONDON-NEWYORK.
    PIA MOST EXPERIENCED CREWS WERE SELECTED.

    20TH MAY 1965, WE LOST GREAT PEOPLE TO FLY WITH.

    M,I,KHAN.

  27. Raja Muhammad Younus says:
    October 21st, 2010 5:13 am

    Cairo Aircrash during landing time, it is a big loss for Pakistan,
    almost half a century is going to be completed shortly, but we
    did not forget the fresh faces of our dead friends, Maj.Shamim,
    one of our fellow was one of the victim of this ill fated Boeing,
    At that we heared Momi, in newspapers and magzines about her professional heights.
    20th May 1965 is a sad day in our life chapter, those who
    knew them.

    thanks,
    Raja Muhammad Younus.

  28. S.Aftab says:
    October 22nd, 2010 12:49 am

    THE DAYS ARE PAST, BUT I REMEMBER, SINCE I WAS
    VERY MUCH ATTACHED WITH AIRLINES MOVEMENTS
    AND RELATED FUNCTIONS.

    CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ALSO UTILIZED OUR AIRLINES TO TRAVEL FAR EAST AND EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, IN PK-705, THERE WERE ABOUT 30 CHINESE
    NATIONALS, TRAVELLING FOR FAR EAST OFFICIAL VISITS.
    AT THAT MISS.MOMI WAS A FAME FOR PIA,

    SUDDENLY THIS AIRCRASH ON 20TH MAY, GAVE US
    A SAD NEWS.

    S.AFTAB,
    Karachi.

  29. Shahid Raza Khan says:
    October 23rd, 2010 12:57 am

    I BORN IN START OF 1970, THE TURMOIL DAYS OF PAKISTAN HISTORY, BUT COMPUTER INTERNET INFORMATION SYSTEM GIVEN ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE
    OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF PAKISTAN AND MOST TRAGIC EVENTS HAPPENED IN PAKISTAN.

    THE 1965, 16 DAYS WAR WITH INDIA, SEEMS HAPPENED
    IN MY PRESENCE,

    THE TRAGIC AIR CRASH OF PIA BOEING AT CAIRO AIRPORT.
    NO DOUBT MOMI GUL DURRANI, SMILING FACE
    RELECTS HER DEVOTION WIATH HER CAREER.

    SHAHID RAZA KHAN.

  30. sadia pervez says:
    October 25th, 2010 12:15 am

    20th May, every year is mourn day because, we lost Momi,
    in the desert of Cairo, Momi was one of the charming Hostess
    of our National Airline, at least PIA Management should establish a Training unit within their Training Academey , where our hostess are being trained ” Momigul Durrani Unit ”
    for new hostess training, this will be a memorial service to our
    Late Lovely Hostess Momi ”
    We mourn for you Momi.

    Sadia Pervaiz,
    Pindi.

  31. Sumira Khan says:
    October 25th, 2010 2:58 am

    after going through the articles and comments of others, it is established that Cairo PIA Boeing aircrash is a sad events of our history, Momigul Durrani was a bright star of our Airline,we lost inCairo Airport desert,

    thanks, sumira khan

  32. Rahat Saeed says:
    October 25th, 2010 5:05 am

    Momi is Momi. a golden chapter of Our National airline, when she smiles, every one has to smile, a charming personality to be remembered long long long very long period of our Airline history.

    Momi you smiles for us.

  33. sunita kumar says:
    October 26th, 2010 1:01 am

    what a smiling face of late momigul durani, having read details
    in history of pia and their websites, a tragic event for her family
    alone mother and others, I deeply regretted

    sunita kumar

  34. nighat abbas khan says:
    October 27th, 2010 2:05 am

    the 20th may 1965, was a very sad day for our collegues, those who worked with staff members of ill fated Boeing AP-AMH,
    crashed near Cairo Airport, we remember them all the times we remain in our office.

    m.s.nasima
    m.s.mehmooda
    capt.ali akhtar
    cat. afzal johar
    m.s. punthkey
    green eyes girl momigul durrani.

    nighat abbas khan.
    team mate

  35. Saeeda Bano Ghani says:
    October 28th, 2010 5:01 am

    In my memories, the event of 20th May, 1965, Aircrash is somewhat fresh, when this tragic event happend we, used, to live in
    airport staff quaters, my fathers was at that time working in
    Airline miantenance department, after office when he came back he told us this tragic news, next day we, read news papers full coverings of events and diffrents news and history abouts
    deceased crews and newspapers men, mainly journlist group those who killed, still I remember
    Saida Bano,
    Drigh colony-Karachi

  36. Khwaja Asadullh says:
    October 29th, 2010 1:20 am

    After reviewing details about cairo aircrash and details, it was
    a tragic event in our Airline history.

    Perhaps Momi was a beutiful charming hostess of our National airline.

    thsnks
    khwaja

  37. nasreen javed afzal says:
    October 30th, 2010 12:26 am

    no doubt momi was a cute girls of her era, her style shows how
    happy she was with her npble profession.

    nasreen javed afzal.
    lahore.

  38. tahira batool says:
    October 30th, 2010 3:35 am

    momi was beautiqueen of her period, she earned a great name on her innocent smile, alas, she died away in a very young age,

    batool.

  39. Prof (rtd).nasima yaqoob says:
    November 1st, 2010 7:20 am

    the days has gone, it was early 65, i was teaching in govt.women college, in Pindi, as my husband was posted in
    defence services, when we heared the tragic news of this sad
    air incident at Cairo, in our Reading room, many girls student
    widely wept, because Momi was an ideal girl for them,

    we missed her a lot, this is a sad story of innocent girl momi

    prof(rtd)naseema yaqoob.
    gujrat-pakistan

  40. Eammey jacob says:
    November 2nd, 2010 12:43 am

    i was at that time working with R.Lintas an leading advertising
    company amd many times visits to PIA, Airport for photgraphy
    session and related purpose, met with sweet charming girl ” Momigul Durrani” at one glance,she looked like a fresh pink rose smiling girl, PIA lost her very earlier, I remember her,

    Eammay.

  41. mrs.badarunissa( ex- (flight enquiry asst ) CA says:
    November 3rd, 2010 12:44 am

    in my down lane of memory, i was transfered from dhaka airport to karachi airport for my assignments, since 1964
    i was working in airport for all departures and incoming flights
    i remember the day when flight PK-705, ready for departures
    passengers were happily boarded on plane, flight crew
    were there, Momi was there with everfresh face,
    the sad day 20th may i remember, tragic crash and 124 departed souls,

    badarunissa,
    dhaka-bengladesh.

  42. s.hamid ali naqvi says:
    November 4th, 2010 1:21 am

    after viewing all websites mentioned in this particular columns
    regarding, cairo aircrash, nodoubt “Momigul Durrani” was an out class hostess of airline, we lost,

    syed hamid ali naqvi.

  43. m.s. azra batool kazmi says:
    November 5th, 2010 12:51 am

    really “Momigul Durrani” was a glamour hostess of her era,
    no doubt she smiles for others good feelings, i felt now

    good bye “Momi” my sweet love for you,

    thanks,

    azra batool kazmi,
    lahore

  44. salman ameen siddiqi says:
    November 6th, 2010 1:11 am

    I frequently travels to diffrent countries owing to my occupation and business matters, prefer to travel with national airline, after reviewing the comments of friends, I feel, our line didnot produced such highly dutifull hostess as PIA produced
    MomiGulDurrani, out class hostess even today,
    i feel

    salamn ameen siddiqi

  45. salman farooqi says:
    November 7th, 2010 1:26 am

    after viewing history of pia an dateback history,history is very rich and interseting and patriculary found :Momi: a promising star of our national airline we lost inCairo in 1965.

    salman faroqi

  46. hashim dawood baig says:
    November 7th, 2010 6:17 am

    no doubt momi was beauty queen all thetimes comes ahead

    hashim dawood
    baig

  47. Muhammad Azeem Malik says:
    November 8th, 2010 12:02 am

    true is that whatever the reason of this tragic air crash, either
    captains miscalculation of landing heights to care, or air pressure force down towards bending heights, or some aircraft
    technical nature of defects, we lost many many our dearers,
    momi was one of them we lost,

    m.a.malik,
    lahore cantt.

  48. November 8th, 2010 1:27 am

    MomiGulDurrani, is a queen……..she is really great

  49. ann pinto says:
    November 8th, 2010 1:11 pm

    fact is that momi was beautiful girl of her era,

    i say

    ann pinto

  50. sofia mahmood says:
    November 9th, 2010 1:29 am

    many decades has been past of this tragic accident happened in cairo, but todate no one repalced the vacum of late “Momi”
    is milestone for others towards her smile and services she paid to PIA,
    we miss you very much momi, even not seen you,

    sofia,
    swat.

  51. muhammad raees lahori says:
    November 10th, 2010 1:22 am

    with refers to comments of other friends, i review in the subject
    of “PIA Boeing aircrash 720-B ( near cairo airport desert)

    no doubt “Momi” was the beautiful girl of her time and professional field.

    Momi will ever remember for her smiles,

    m.raees lahori,

  52. amna khan yousuf zai says:
    November 11th, 2010 1:07 am

    :MOMI: is just white innocent lilly, floating, hovering in the

    River Nile water near Cairo, her innocent smile is there to
    feel.

    amnakhan yousufzai

  53. sara salman says:
    November 11th, 2010 11:35 pm

    Momi smile is like Monalisa smile, she smiles for us,

    goodbye-Momi ( Pakistani mooalisa )

    sara salman.

  54. shakila nargis says:
    November 12th, 2010 11:24 pm

    No doubt “Momi” was a smiling pink rose,we lost in cairo in 1965.

    we cannot forget her years to come,

    thanks,
    shakila nawab,
    sialkot

  55. zainab durrani says:
    November 13th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Momi was a rare exceptional class of Hostess of our airline,

    We ever missed her innocent smiles.

    goodbye (Momi)

    ZD=Peshawar

  56. salma haq says:
    November 14th, 2010 11:10 pm

    It is really “Momigul Durrani” was outstanding beauty of her class as well her professional devotion she paid for PIA.

    We missed her a long way and her friendly manners for others.

    We remember her even today.

    Salma Haq,
    tronto-canada

  57. sweet ameena says:
    November 15th, 2010 6:18 am

    truth is that (Momi) was a lovely girl of 60s, she presented
    PIA on International fame, by her innocent smile,

    We lost a innocent smile in the desert of (Cairo) 20th May 1965.

    You are in our heart (Momi)
    sweet ameena.
    nairobi.kenya

  58. Noorjahan Siddiq says:
    November 15th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Name of :Momi: means fresh rose with pink colour with
    heart loving fragrance, as I suggest for :Momi:
    Momi smiles for all,

    Noorjhan Samad,
    Bhawalpur.

  59. Nishan e Haider says:
    November 16th, 2010 12:45 am

    momi is a great name of smiling face, lost in Cairo in 1965.

    momi you are in ours heart, for yours loving smile face.

    nishan e haider,
    koranage-karachi

  60. hayat ahmed shah says:
    November 17th, 2010 5:30 am

    Momi was a fresh Rose of Pakistan, we lost

  61. Ali Abidi says:
    November 18th, 2010 9:25 pm

    No doubt Momi was a fresh flower of ourAirlines hostess class.

    We missed her very much even today after 5 decades.

    AAbidi,
    Kohat Cantt.

  62. Sara Mateen Allahwala says:
    November 19th, 2010 10:41 pm

    No doubt Momi was beautiful hostess of her time,

    Still in our memoirs,

    Sara Mateen,
    Oslo=Sweden.

  63. gulfam afridi says:
    November 20th, 2010 11:24 am

    Momi was a symbol of our grand hospitality,

    Allah bless youMomi( Ameen)

    Gulfam afridi,
    NWFP=Nowshera

  64. mohammad bashir jehlami says:
    November 20th, 2010 9:25 pm

    In the early 60s,it was tall personality of :Momi: who introduced
    PIA, through her charishma personality, the common people to
    travel national airlines newly born PIA, after merger with Ispahnis Orient Airways.

    We remember Momi for her contrbution forPIA.

    BashirJehlami,
    Sohawa=Jehlum

  65. Sikandar Hayat Abdullah says:
    November 21st, 2010 11:04 am

    No doubt (Momi) was a decent chapter of our Airline hostess
    history,her tragic death created a Vacum till todate.

    We missed you Momi very much even today.

    sikandar hayat abdullah.
    kemari town,karachi.

  66. Gulfam says:
    November 22nd, 2010 4:28 am

    nice work.

  67. M.Raees Lahori- Muzang Road-Lahore says:
    November 22nd, 2010 11:25 pm

    Indeed, Momi was everbest Hostess of National Airline, we lost
    in Cairo Airport, due to Boeing 720-B, aircrash on 20th May 2010, her tragic death is a big national loss.

    M.Raees Lahori,
    Muzang Road-Lahore

  68. mirza azeem baig chugtai says:
    November 23rd, 2010 5:06 am

    STORY OF PIA CAIRO AIRCRASH IS VERY SAD.MANY
    IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES WERE DIED IN THIS TRAGIC AIRCRASH.
    MOMI IS AMONG ONE OF THEM, LOVELY MOMI

    MIRZA AZEEM BAIG CHUGTAI,
    SHAHFAISAL COLONY NO.1
    KARACHI

  69. ghulam muhammad khan-swati says:
    November 23rd, 2010 6:18 am

    good old days in era of 60s Momi was the distinction for
    PIA, as her smiles fame among passengers,those days, she smiles for others to smile.

    Momi a great hostess.

    gmkhan-swati

  70. mohammad zafar abbasi-muree says:
    November 23rd, 2010 11:15 pm

    Good-bye Momi, it is now over 4 decade, we lost you in Cairo.

    mohammadzafar-mureeroad

  71. Abbas Ali says:
    December 20th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Momi Gul Durrani can be seen in 1964 PIA China flights publicity poster shown in airline’s 1999 advertisement on following link:

    http://historyofpia.com/china_memo65b.jpg

    Abbas Ali

  72. Owais Mughal says:
    December 20th, 2010 12:58 pm

    Thx Abbas saheb.

  73. Abbas Ali says:
    December 21st, 2010 12:04 pm

    You’re welcome Owais.

    Abbas Ali

  74. tipusultan says:
    December 22nd, 2010 2:09 am

    REALLY, MOMI WAS A FANTASTIC AND CHARMING
    HOSTESS OF OUR NATIONAL AIRLINE, WE LOST HER IN MAY 1965, FIVE DECADE AGO,

    TIPUSULTAN,

  75. mehmoodfaiz says:
    December 24th, 2010 12:40 am

    After reviewing all the facts and events about Cairo aircrash,
    in May 1965, this impressed that event is happened just very fresh, we lost many important figures of our country among them “MOMI” was one of them, we lost, a very fresh face for
    Passengers for her innocent smiling face,

    mfaiz.

  76. tipusultan says:
    December 26th, 2010 7:30 am

    In fact in Cairo air crash in 1965, we lost many loving people
    likes :Momi: her innocent smile is always with flying aircrafts
    of PIA.

    tipusultan.

  77. fauzia mehmood says:
    December 29th, 2010 3:53 am

    A VERY SAD STORY OF CAIRO AIRCRASH IN MAY 1965,

    PIA AND PAKISTAN LOST VERY IMPORTANT FIGURES

    OF TALL HEIGHTS PERSONALITY, I AM VERY MUCH
    IMPRESSED WITH SMILING FACE OF LATE (MOMI)

    FAUZIA MEHMOOD.

  78. m.riaz swati says:
    January 8th, 2011 2:59 pm

    The Cairo Aircrash of Boeing 720-B, was a most eventful
    big loss of our national airline,still remains in our memoirs
    like this was happend very fresh.

    m.riaz swati.
    shershah-karachi

  79. Tahir Raza Khan says:
    January 15th, 2011 3:18 pm

    In the era of 1960, media was slow, no computer culture, only Newspaper, Radio and TV newborn baby were for advertisement purpose, at that Momi was heart queen of manys,due to her charming personality and innocent smile.
    May 1965, 720-B, Boeing aircrash at Cairo was great loss for
    all.
    May Allah rest their soul in peace (Ameen)

    Tahir Raza Khan,
    Hostel De France, Airport,
    Karachi-11.

  80. SULEMAN IBRAHIM DARSOT says:
    January 28th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Momi innocent smiles still, a message for Airline passengers,
    Welcome to fly :Cairo: Still a lengend for PIA history, date
    back in 60s,

    Suleman,
    Natal colony, Nazimabad,
    Karachi.

  81. maulvi seraj nezamuddin says:
    February 2nd, 2011 1:46 pm

    SMILING FACE “MOMI” WAS A LEGENDRY AIRHOSTESS

    OF OUR NATIONAL AIRLINE, WE LOST HER ON20TH MAY

    1965, EVEN TODAY 2011, WE DID NOT FORGET HER.

    LONG LIVE MOMI.

    SERAJ NEZAMUDIN,

  82. BADSHAH GUL SHAIBZADA says:
    February 8th, 2011 12:24 pm

    Tragic accident of 720-B, in 1965 at Cairo Airport, still fresh
    in our memoirs, though it is alsmost five decades past,
    Momi was first choice for this ingural flights, we ex PIA employee very much grieved,

    thanks,
    badshahgul shaibzada.
    mardan.

  83. SYED JAWAID MASOOD says:
    February 11th, 2011 3:10 pm

    THE COCKPIT COMMANDER OF ILLFATED BOEING 720-B,
    CRASHED ON 20TH MAY 1965, WAS COMMANDED BY LATE CAPT.ALI AKHTER KHAN, PIA PILOT SENIORITY NO.1, THE MOST EXPERIENCED FLYER IN COMMERCIAL LINE IN PAKISTAN AT THAT TIME, HE WAS ALSO, THE FOUNDER PRESIDENT OF PALPA(PAKISTAN AIRLINES PILOTS ASSOCIATION) WHICH CAME INTO EXISTENCE IN 1954-55, I KNEW HIS FAMILY AS WELL, AS LIVES NEAR OUR HOUSE NEAR DRIGH ROAD CANTT BAZAR BENGLOWS.

    SYED JAWAID MASOOD.
    ISPAHNI ROAD, KARACHI

  84. naseergul durrani says:
    February 15th, 2011 3:52 pm

    EVEN AFTER OVER 40 YEARS OF THIS EVENT OF AIRCRASH AT CAIRO, NO ONE ELSE TAKEN THE PLACE OF
    PIA-FAME AIRHOSTESS MS.MOMI, STILL REMAIN FRESH IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO MET HER, HER
    INNOCENT SMILES,

    NASSERGUL DURRANI,
    ISLAMABAD.

  85. dad khan marwat says:
    February 19th, 2011 4:33 pm

    PIA, LOST A LOVELY CHARMING AIRHOSTESS-MOMIGUL
    DURRANI, WHO LIVES WITH HER WODOW MOTHER AND
    YOUNGER SISTER, DOWNLANE TO OUR NEIGHBOURING AREA-NEAR PINDI NEAR FEROZSONS BOOK DEPOT,OLD
    PRESIDENCY,
    WE STILL REMEMBERS HER CHARMING STYLE,

    DAD KHAN MARWAT.
    PINDIWAL.

  86. FAISAL RASHEED ADEEL says:
    February 26th, 2011 3:38 pm

    AFTER GOING THROUGH ALL COMMENTS ABOUT PAKISTANI LOVELY DOLL :MOMI:
    BASED UPON FACTS THIS REFLECTS THAT :MOMI:
    INNOCENT SMILES WAS ALWAYS FOR AIRLINES PASSENGERS TO FLY IN AIR WITH MANY WORRIES

    PIA MEANS TO FLY WITH GREAT PEOPLES.

    FAISAL RASHEED ADEEL,
    NORTH NAZIMABAD-KARACHI

  87. Muhammad Mehndi Abbas Jaffery says:
    March 5th, 2011 2:44 pm

    I remember the good old days, when I was student of class 8th
    at Govt.Boys Secondry School-Karachi Airport, when this aircrash happend at Cairo Airport, the year 1965, Month of May, there was everywhere people were talking about Boeing Capt Akhter Khan and Hostess Momi,

    Old golden days of our national airline PIA.

    Mehdi Abbas,
    Drigh Colony no 5,
    Karachi.

  88. Mama Adalat Khan says:
    March 12th, 2011 1:44 pm

    The old golden days of our national flyer, the all flying personnels were very professional, to fly with PIA, means
    opportunity to fly with own people, Capt.Akther Ali Khan,
    Pilot Afzal Joheri, Hostess Momi gul durrani, we lost all
    tall heights of professional in Cairo Airport aircrash on
    20th May 1965,

    Mama Adalat Khan,
    Sohawa-Jehlum

  89. M.FAZIL KHAN says:
    April 2nd, 2011 9:58 am

    AT THIS TRAGIC EVENT IN MAY 1965, I WAS TEACHING
    AT KARACHI UNIVERSITY AS LECTURER-PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND RESIDED AT KARACHI AIRPORT STAFF QUATER ALONGWITH MY BROTHER IN LAW WORKED IN
    CIVIL AVIATION DEPTT.
    THE MOMENTS BEEN PASSED, THERE WAS A SAD ATMOSPHERE IN AIRPORT AREA, I SAW MANY PERSONS WERE WEEPING, CRYING SOMETHING VERY RARE
    EVENTS AT THAT ERA, I SAW AND FELT,

    I REMEMBER PIA BOEING 720-B, CRASH AT CAIRO
    AIRPORT, WAS A VERY TRAGIC EVENT OF OUR AIRLINE
    HISTORY.

    M.FAZIL KHAN.

  90. ABDUL SHAKOOR BHOMBAL says:
    April 6th, 2011 1:55 pm

    A VERY SAD STORY OF INNOCENT CUTE PATHAN GIRL

    HOSTESS :MOMI: WE LOST IN 1965 AT CAIRO AIRPORT.

    ASBHOMBAL,
    KEMARI POND,
    KARACHI

  91. FAZAL GHANI ASAD DURRANI says:
    April 8th, 2011 2:26 pm

    DURRANI FAMILY BELONGS TO ROYAL FAMILY OF AFGHAN SYED FAMILY NAMED AFTER AHMED SHAH ABDALI, WHO NOT ONLY INVADED OLD REGIONS OF
    PERSIAN AFGHAN, TODAYS PAKISTAN STATE AND RIGHT UPTO CALCUTTA-WEST BENGAL. STAYED BACK 40 YEARS IN THE ABOVE AREA, WITH VERY HIGH COMMAND,
    MOMI GUL DURRANI, WAS ALSO BELONGS TO THIS GREAT DURRANI FAMILY,
    WE LOST HER IN 1965, A CUTE AND INNOCENT GIRL,

    FAZAL GHANI ASAD DURRANI,
    SHERSHAH-KARACHI

  92. SIKANDAR HAYAT MUGHAL says:
    April 16th, 2011 12:26 pm

    DEAR READERS,

    NO DOUBT :MOMI: WAS AN INNOCENT AIR PRINCESS

    OF OUR NATIONAL AIRLINE, WE LOST IN CAIRO

    AIRPORT.

    SIKANDAR HAYAT MUGHAL

  93. shahid hussain peerzada says:
    April 22nd, 2011 5:21 pm

    sweet (Momi) we remembers you, even 46 years has been past,
    you are sleeping in the desert of cairo since 20th may,1965.

    Allah rest you soul in peace-ameen,
    shahid.h.peerzada,
    swat valley.

  94. ROZINA QURAISHI says:
    April 26th, 2011 11:25 am

    NAME OF INNOCENT SMILING FACE IS ( MOMI)

    WE LOST ON MAY 1965 AT CAIRO AIRPORT, BOEING CRASH.

    WE MISSED YOU (MOMI)

    ROZINA,
    DHA-KARACHI

  95. HELENA MEHMOOD says:
    April 29th, 2011 5:34 pm

    Really “MOMI” was beauty queen of her time in the mid
    50s to mid 60s, she domain in the national airline.

    Helena Mehmood,
    Cardova-Spain.

  96. M.N.Hussain says:
    May 19th, 2011 1:50 pm

    TODAY IS 20TH MAY, PAST 46 YEARS AGO(1965) WE LOST
    MANY OUR DEARERS AND NEARERS NEAR CAIRO AIRPORT AT RUNWAY NO 34, OUR BOEING 720-B, CRASHED, CAPTAIN AKHTAR KHAN AND CAPT JOHARI WERE IN COCKPIT,

    WE LOST OUR INNOCENT FACE FLYING HOSTESS
    MISS.MOMI GUL DURRANI, NO ONE EVEN CAN REPLACE
    HER SEAT,

    MAY ALLAH REST THEIR SOULS IN PEACE (AMEEN)

    NAJAM,
    AIRPORT KARACHI-11.

  97. Shahnawaz Hassan Khan says:
    May 20th, 2011 1:12 pm

    Today th 20th May 2011 almost 46 years past, the Crash event
    of PIA is still fresh in my mind, we were living near Airport
    Terminal 2, this tragic accident report mourns everyone who
    heared this sad news, Capt akhtar, Capt johari, momi all
    vanished in a sudden in the desert of Cairo,

    Shahnawaz Hassan Khan,
    Clifton 5, Karachi

  98. Mrs.Shaynaz Zaman says:
    May 27th, 2011 10:32 am

    STILL TRAGEDY OF PIA BOEING 720-B, CRASH AT CAIRO
    AIRPORT ON 20TH MAY 1965, FRESH IN OUR MINDS.

    WE REMEMBER THE INNOCENT SMILES OF (MOMI)
    EVEN TODAY, AFTER 46 YEARS PAST.

    MRS.SHAYNAZ ZAMAN,
    WIMBELDON, UK.

  99. M.Baheer Allahwala says:
    May 30th, 2011 4:05 pm

    47 years been past, still i remembers the tragic scene of crying
    and weeping of family members of ill fated boeing 707-B,
    crashed near Cairo Airport, at that day i was plying Billiard,
    at Karachi Airport with my friends, very near spot of Airport
    terminal 1, at that time the only place for departure and
    arrivals,
    Momi was among the most talking subject about the victims,

    m,basheer allahwala,
    dehli housing society,
    karachi

  100. ishtiaq ahmed qureshi says:
    May 31st, 2011 4:45 pm

    Cairo Boeing 720-B, air crash near Cairo Airport, Runway no 34, just few minutues before landing is most tragic accident of
    our National Airline, Crew were most senior and experienced,
    Capt.Akhter Ali Khan, was senior most Pilot of our airline, 2nd in command Capt.Johar and Flight crew Momi were finest staff
    selected for this inaugral flight.
    47 years been past but very fresh in our memory line.

    ishtiaq ahmed qureshi,
    pechs society, karachi

  101. m.babar hussain says:
    June 1st, 2011 5:26 pm

    A very sad story, if we go through the comments made by
    our dear readers on this website,

    mbhussain,
    old area, airport karachi-11

  102. Roopa Nadeem says:
    June 4th, 2011 12:12 pm

    HOW WE CAN FORGET OUR DEARERS AND NEARERS,
    WE LOST IN THE DESERT OF CAIRO, MY COUSIN BROTHER FLIGHT STEWARD BHUYAN, BELONGS TO
    EAST PAKISTAN, NOW BENGLADESH WAS ALSO ONE OF THE VICTIMS ALONG WITH MOMIGUL DURRANI.

    ROOPA NADEEM,
    DHAKA, BENGLADESH

  103. Qasim Nana says:
    June 17th, 2011 4:32 pm

    No doubt (Momi) was a lovely innocent flower of our Airline history.

    Her innocent smiles welcome the passengers to fly.

    We lost her in the desert of Cairo in the early 1965.

    Qasim Nana,
    Nairobi

  104. SYED SHARFAT ALI says:
    June 28th, 2011 1:18 pm

    WHAT A GOLDEN DAYS FOR PIA, IN 60s,A.M.(RETD) NOOR KHAN, WAS OUR M.D. VERY CAPABLE PERSON,
    VERY ALERT AND CONSCIOUS ABOUT ANY MATTERS,SMALL OR BIG, ALWAYS ALIVE,
    I WAS WORKING IN PIA BOOKING OFFICE, AT SHAFI COURT OFFICE, THIS GREAT TRAGEDY OF 720-B AIRCRASH, HAPPEND AT CAIRO AIRPORT, A FEW MINUTES BEFORE LANDING, DUE TO CREW ERROR AS REPORT SHOWN,
    WE LOST OUR FAMOUS AIR LADY WITH INNOCENT SMILE :MOMI:
    SYED SHARAFT ALI,
    BEDFORDSHIRE, UK

  105. S.ROSHAN AKHTER says:
    July 2nd, 2011 11:49 am

    History of PIA is very rich, its traditions were very large, famous
    personalities and celerbrities were prefered to fly with PIA,
    Great people to fly with-PIA, Our Pilots were among the best in the World Airline like, Capt.Abdullah Baig, Capt Taimur Baig,
    Capt Akhter Ali Khan, Capt Shaukat,
    In 60s we were in the heights of fame for intime Arrivals and
    Departures,
    No doubt, 20th May 1965, 720-B, Boeing aircrash at Cairo,
    Airport a big loss for National airline, We lost Momigul, the
    charming and innocent hostess of our National Airline,
    We remember Momi, even today after 5 decades past,

    S.Roshan Akhter,
    Karachi Airport.

  106. ASAD ALI KHAN HOTI says:
    July 11th, 2011 11:20 am

    After going through the comments of all our viewrs and persons
    known the facts of tragic Accident of 720-B, Boeing or our National airlines near Cairo Airport,

    No doubt we lost many important figures like CaptAkhter, the 1st professional pilot of PIA, Capt Joheri, MajGen.Haya uddin,

    Our charming hostess Miss.Momigul Durrani,

    Asad Ali Khan Hoti,
    Marden-Hoti, NWFP
    gen

  107. farooq hameed says:
    July 21st, 2011 11:54 am

    FACT IS THAT PIA BOEING 720-B, AIRCRASH AT CAIRO,
    AIRPORT WAS THE IST, JET AIRLINER AIRCRASH OF PIA, SINCE JET AIRLINER INTRODUCED 1960S BY PIA.

    THE CREW MEMBERS WERE HIGHLY TRAINED AND PROFESSIONAL, LIKE CAPT AKHTER ALI KHAN, NO 1, IN SENIORITY OF PILOTS, CAPT JOHARI,2ND IN COMMAND,
    M.S. NASIMA, PURSER BHOYAN OF EAST PAKISTAN AND LASTLY WITH INNOCENT SMILES MOMI GUL DURRANI

    IF WE GO THROUGH THE INCIDENTS FACTS IT SEEMS
    THERE WAS SOME WRONG CONCLUSION REGARDING
    LANDING OF HEIGHTS, DUE TO PILOTS ERROR THEY
    LANDED EARLIER BEFORE THE RUNWAY AND HITED
    THE BARREN ROCKS MILES AWAY FROM RUNWAY, WHERE IS TO LAND, MISCALCULATION OF LANDING GEARS REASON OF CRASH,

    FAROOQ HAMEED,
    LAHORE-PAKISTAN

  108. Shukuria Khanum says:
    July 28th, 2011 11:02 am

    The tragic air accident of Cairo of PIA Boeing in 1965, we lost
    many famous faces of that era of 60s among them Capt.
    Akhter, senior most pilot of National airline, 1st President of PALPA,
    We also lost fresh face of smiles for passengers our grand lady of Airline Ms.Momogul Durrani.

    Shukuria Khanum,
    Multan.

  109. KHAWAJA M.AMEEN says:
    August 9th, 2011 12:45 pm

    At the of this tragic incident, I was working with Civil Aviation,Karahi airport and resided at Stargate, Aviation staff quaters.
    PIA was runing very fastest Airline under Command of able bodied person Air Marshall M.Nur Khan, MD PIA, fly in time
    safety is there,
    PIA staff members were highly skilled and trained in their profession,
    Momigul Durrani, among them, innocent smiles, we lost in
    Cairo desert on 20th May, 1965,

    Khawaja M.Ameen,
    Bhawalpur Residency.

  110. SAEED AHMED SIDDIQI says:
    September 9th, 2011 3:04 pm

    The era of 60s was golden era for our national airline (PIA)
    Slogan was to “Fly with Great people”

    I witnessed, Capt Akhter, Captain Afzal Joheri, and last
    Fairytale Hostess Momi was an valuable assests of our Airline we lost in the desert of Cairo on 20th May 1965.
    Momis smiling face always welcome to passengers for safe and comforts air journey,

    Saeed Ahmed Siddiqi,
    Model Colony, Karachi

  111. tahir yaqoob wazirzada says:
    September 21st, 2011 11:24 am

    IT WAS REALLY A TRAGIC NEWS OF THAT ERA 1965, WE LOST MANY IMPORTANT FIGURES FROM NEWS AND INFORMATION MEDIA, BELONGS TO DIFFRENT NEWSPAPER GROUPS, EDITORS,
    OUR CHINESE FRIENDS TRAVELLING THROUGH THIS
    NATIONAL AIRLINE,
    I REMEMBER 20TH MAY 1965, TRAGIC BOEING 720-B,
    AIRCRASH AT CAIRO AIRPORT,

    TAHIR YAQOOB WAZIRZADA,
    DEFENCE-KARACHI

  112. Dr.Mansoor Ahmed Khan says:
    September 26th, 2011 10:44 am

    In the year 20th May 1965,when this tragic accident of PIA-Boeing 720-B, crashed at Cairo Airport, I was deputed at
    Airport Medical Center, Medical Officer, I witnessed, every one
    become very sad over this tragic accident,
    Patricularly many snaps were published of innocent smile face of :Momigul Durrani :

    Dr.Mansoor Ahmed Khan,
    Ex M.O.

  113. guloo & kokoo says:
    October 5th, 2011 12:17 pm

    Lately since 1947 to 1988, we used to live at Karachi airport staff housing area near to Star-Gate.

    At that time there was only one terminal, now old terminal no1,
    KLM Midway House, BOAC Speed-Bird House all were on the same road.
    PIA tragic accident happened on 20th May 1965 at the time of
    720-B, Boeing landing, we lost many famous persons, like
    Maj.Gen.Hayauddin Khan, Capt.Akhter,Capt Joheri and
    all of them most famous, PIA smiling hostess MomiGul Durrani,

    still we remember that day and mourns of our nation.

    guloo-kokoo brothers,
    tariq road-karachi

  114. Capt.Rtd.M.YOUNUS. says:
    October 9th, 2011 9:30 am

    THE CAIRO TRAGIC ACCIDENT20th MAY,1965,STILL
    FRESH IN MY MIND AND HEARTS,

    WE LOST MANY OUR GRAND STARS LIKE CAPT AKHTER,
    SHINING STAR MOMI,

    CAPT.M.YOUNUS,
    PINDI CHAKLALA

  115. ehsan rasul khan says:
    October 13th, 2011 12:22 pm

    In the year 1965, 20th May, I was posted at Karachi Airport
    at Communication Center,
    When early morning on 21st May this news reached at Airport
    lot of peoples gethered at PIA counter at old terminal !
    No doubt this was a tragic air accident at Cairo Airport.

    ehsan rasul khan,
    karachi

  116. m.suleman sekoh says:
    October 20th, 2011 1:01 pm

    The 20th May 1965, PIA 720-B, Boeing aircrash near Cairo Airport was a national tragedy and big loss of ours National
    Airline.
    That day we lost very tall figures of our National Airline.

    We cannot forget Gen.Hayauddin, Capt Akhter, Capt Johar,
    Hostess Nasima and Airline fairy tale Momigul Durrani,

    M.Suleman Sekoh,
    Ex PAF-Sharah e Faisal,
    Karachi.

  117. Prof.Humaira Alvi says:
    October 27th, 2011 1:01 pm

    The era 60s was the best peaceful years of Pakistan, Ayub Khan
    Govt was very stable, economic growth was progressive, Mangla
    dam, Tarbela dam was under construction, PIDC were setting
    new heavey industries in Pakistan, like HMC, Harnai Wollen Mills and other many new industries.
    Suddenly this tragic air accident happend in our chapter,
    the 20th May 1965, was a mournful day for all we patriot
    Pakistanis, we remember,

    Prof.Mrs Humaira Alvi,
    Karachi- Clifton

  118. Ms.Jhanara Saeed says:
    November 5th, 2011 9:36 am

    It is almost about 50years to come this sad tragic incidnet happend at Cairo Airport.
    I was working in central news control room Radio Pakistan,
    Bunder Road, Karachi,
    We repeatdly broadcast this sad news over three days with the
    details provided us by the PID and other sources,
    I remember that even very fresh in my mind,

    Jhanara Saeed,

  119. A.Ghafoor Chowdhry says:
    November 11th, 2011 10:54 am

    I remember this incident on 20th may, 1965, happend at Cairo
    Airport, I was working at Old terminal no 1., there was hue and
    cry everwhere, news were coming very late, depended on telex
    facilities, phone was very scared, how it was the horriefied days
    for nearers and dearers on that day,

    A Ghafoor Chowdhry,
    Multan- Lohari-Gate

    chowdhry

  120. Dr.Mrs.Khan says:
    November 21st, 2011 10:49 am

    The other day some told me about PIA Cairo air accident in 1965, published in Pakistaniat, All things in Pakistan, date
    back in 1960s, we were living in Drigh Road Cantt Bazar,benglows lane just adjacent to wall of PAF,Drigh road cantt bazar site, Capt Akhter, the commander of this Boeing was also living in the same lane along with his family members,
    It was a great event of sorrow and grief for all of us, we remember.

    Dr.Mrs.Khan,
    exKLM Dutch Airline

  121. zia un nabi khan says:
    December 3rd, 2011 10:30 am

    This was a tragic news for all of us, all local news papers were
    full of stories of deceased families and fatalities, i remember, there was one news that Capt Akhter Ali Khan, flight commander was to shift his new house, FS Momi was not on duty roll, but was called on umergency due to sickness of some
    sterwardess, cairo aircrash was a national tradgedy in the year 1965, May the 20th,

    ziaunnabi khan,
    korangi-karachi

  122. hassan jameel alvi says:
    December 13th, 2011 12:24 pm

    the event of tragic aircrash of pia 720-boeing was, was a
    great tragedy of era 1965, we still remembers the feelings
    of our surroundings at that time we lived at karachi airport,

    hjalavi,
    gulshan e iqbal-karachi

  123. najam nasir ghani says:
    December 19th, 2011 3:36 pm

    At the time of this tragic accident my father was working with
    PIA in their Catering service, we were very much informed about the day to day daily issues of our National Airline,

    On 21st May 1965, father was very sad, many his friends visited him regarding the tragic accident, what we felt that, everyone
    were very sad for this great national loss,

    najam nasir ghani,
    nursery-pechs-karachi

  124. zasuri says:
    December 27th, 2011 10:32 am

    since early 50s, my father was working in deptt of civil aviation,
    we were very much familiar with Airports related affairs, when
    this PIA-Boeing 720-B, tragic accident happend, my late father was very sad, whole the week, by his opinion this was a great loss of our nation and airline, with many personalities related
    newspaper media, chinese engineers etc,

    still some glimpses are on my downlane memories even today,

    suris,

  125. s a siddiqui says:
    January 3rd, 2012 10:46 am

    Indeed this was a very tragic air accident of that era, this still
    cherish in my memory down lane, with above noted high lights,
    fresh my all feelings about that date back era of 1965, 20th May.

    May Allah bless all who died in this accident (ameen)

    s a siddiqui,
    gushan e iqbal-

  126. m.asif mangi says:
    October 22nd, 2014 10:39 am

    Yes, it was historic tragedy of our national airline in the era of mid of 60s,

    Allah bless them all ( ameen )

    ,m.asif mangi.
    mohammad ali society-karachi

  127. K.Gul Durrani says:
    November 15th, 2014 10:07 am

    Momi Momi, we never forget yours dolly smiling face, the day you left for ever, the 20th may 1965.

    good bye,
    kg durrani,
    mall road-pindi

  128. n.ali khan says:
    November 26th, 2014 3:29 pm

    good bye you all, victims of pia boeing, sleep, sleep and sleep

    nakhan,
    drigh cantt bazar.

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