By Olatunde Michael-Daniel

A gruesome image has emerged of airline staff sacrificing a goat following a fatal plane crash in Pakistan.


The animal was pinned down and ritually sacrificed before Pakistan International Airlines resumed flying operations.

It is believed the killing at Benazir Bhutto Airport in the capital Islamabad was made to bring good luck.

GeoTV reported that the airline’s director of engineering advised that a black goat should be killed after an examination of the ATR plane.

The airline had given clearance to fly again after the disaster that claimed the lives of 47 people when flight PK661, a test flight between the Pakistani cities of Chitral and Islamabad, crashed into a hillside.

The remaining 10 ATR planes were grounded until they were deemed safe to fly again.

The second test flight landed successfully in Multan, Pakistan.

Overseas investigators examine the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane which crashed near the village of Saddha Batolni in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on December 13, 2016. The chairman of Pakistan's embattled national carrier has resigned following a fatal plane crash December 7 that killed 47 people, one of the country's deadliest air disasters. / AFP / SHAKEEL AHMED        (Photo credit should read SHAKEEL AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
It came after 47 people died in this plane crash (Picture: Getty)

A London-bound state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxies before take-off from Karachi International Airport in Karachi on April 21, 2010. PIA began making plans for around 18,000 passengers, about half stuck in Pakistan and half overseas trying to get home. Thousands of frustrated passengers have begun flying out of Asia's airports for Europe, almost a week after volcanic ash closed European skies. AFP PHOTO/ Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The airline has resumed testing (Picture: Getty