Air India airplane makes emergency landing in Pakistan
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 21:47
A New Delhi-bound Air India aircraft with 128 people on board on Monday made an emergency landing at Nawabshah airport in Pakistanâ€™s southern Sindh province after its hydraulic system develop a problem.
Air India A319 aircraft type similar with the aircraft with 128 people
onboard made emergency landing
All 122 passengers and six crew members on board the Airbus 319 aircraft are safe, official said.
â€śThe aircraft was flying over Pakistani air space when the pilot saw a warning light in the cockpit and sought permission to land at the nearest airport which was Nawabshah,â€ť an Air India spokesperson said in New Delhi.
The plane landed at Nawabshah airport in southern Sindh province at 3.37 am local time.
â€śForeign secretary Ranjan Mathai is in touch with the Indian high commissioner in Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal, who is in contact with the pilot,â€ť sources in MEA said in New Delhi.
The pilot has informed that the condition on the plane is â€śreasonableâ€ť, they said.
Pakistan defence secretary Nargis Sethi has directed the civil aviation authorities to provide all assistance to passengers and crew of the Air India plane.
The captain of the aircraft, flying from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi, contacted Pakistani authorities and sought permission for an emergency landing after detecting the problem with the hydraulic system, Pakistanâ€™s civil aviation authority spokesman Pervez George said.
The captain preferred to have the passengers remain on board the aircraft though Pakistani authorities had offered to allow them to disembark, George said.(PlaneNews Aviation News/AC)