Air India emergency landing in Pakistan

2012-07-09 17:15
Air India domestic flight file photo. (Sam Panthaky, AFP)

Air India domestic flight file photo. (Sam Panthaky, AFP) (Sam Panthaky)

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Karachi - An Air India flight bound for New Delhi with 130 people on board made an emergency landing in southern Pakistan on Monday due to technical problems, aviation officials said.

The Airbus A320 from Abu Dhabi made the unscheduled stop at Nawabshah airport, around 230km northeast of the port city of Karachi, Pakistan Civil Aviation spokesperson Pervez George told AFP.

Another plane brought engineers from India to fix the fault and took the passengers to New Delhi, he said.

After the emergency landing, the Indian captain was offered use of the airport lounges for the flight's 122 passengers and eight crew, an official said, but refused.

"We had offered full co-operation to them but the Airbus captain did not allow the passengers to disembark and requested just for drinking water," Sultan Hasan, spokesperson for the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), told AFP.

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