Lahore: When Zafar Masud ponders the difference between his miracle survival and the death which claimed nearly all his fellow passengers, one of the most significant reasons for his survival seems to come down to his simple preference for an aisle seat.
When Masud now looks back to that fateful morning two years ago, many of his actions are loaded with significance. His decision to take a later flight than originally planned, or the flight unusually running on time have become important points in his survival story. But perhaps none more so than his late decision to swap from a place by the window, to seat 1C on the aisle.
“I think that in my survival that the location of that seat plays a very significant role,” Masud said.
Sunday marks the second anniversary of the horrific Karachi plane crash when a jet from the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), came down in a residential area after an aborted landing. Masud was one of only two survivors. The remaining 97 crew and passengers all died, along with one person on the ground.