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Two PIA planes make emergency landing at Karachi airport

04 September, 2011

KARACHI: A Muscat-bound flight of the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was directed to return to Karachi airport after 45 minutes of its take-off after one of its engines malfunctioned, while another PIA domestic plane made a technical landing at the Karachi airport on Saturday, officials said.

In the first incident, PIA flight 501 that was heading towards Muscat, Oman, via Turbat after taking off from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport at around 8:00am, was asked to return back to the Karachi airport after one of its engines malfunctioned in the air.

"The pilot of the PK-501 noticed that one of the engines of the plane was not functioning and he reported it back to control, which directed it to return to the Karachi airport," PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar told our sources.

He said that as PIA has no maintenance and repair facilities at the Turbat airport, the pilot was asked to return back to Karachi and the flight was cancelled. Passengers of the flight were adjusted in other flights for Muscat and Turbat respectively, he added. All the passengers and crew members remained safe as the plane landed safely back at the Karachi airport and later all the passengers were sent off to their destinations after adjustments in other flights, he said.

Meanwhile, another PIA plane on way from Punjgur to Karachi made 'technical landing' with all the passengers safe, the spokesman said.

An ATR plane of PIA flight PK-508 landed safely in emergency one of its engines failed to work, he said. Captain of the flight informed the Karachi tower about the situation after which the Civil Aviation Authority made arrangements for flight's emergency landing.


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