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Air India flight from Abu Dhabi to Delhi makes emergency landing in Pakistan


July 9, 2012 - New Delhi

An Air India plane from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi made an emergency landing at Nawabshah airport in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan due to technical problems. The AI-940 flight was due to land in Delhi at about 5 am. The pilot has decided to make an emergency landing after emergency light has showed a problem with the hydraulic system. The flight was in the Pakistani airspace when the problem occurred and the pilot soon sought permission to make an emergency landing. The flight has about 122 passengers and 8 crew members. The emergency landing was made at about 3 am.

An Air India Airbus A320 was sent to pick up the stranded passengers. The flight picked up the stranded passengers and crew and left the Nawabshah airport shortly after 3 pm. A team of Air India engineers were assisted by technical experts from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fix the problem on the original flight. It was cleared to leave at around 6:30 pm after the malfunction was fixed. The problem initially was reported to as the failure of all the three hydraulic systems on the flight. However, it was later found out to be a false alarm, although this was not officially confirmed.

Under Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs Ashok Tomar thanked the Pakistani authorities for their cooperation in the incident. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad was in regular touch with Pakistani authorities throughout the incident, he said. Though, the Pakistani authorities allowed the passengers of the flight to disembark and use the airport lounges at the Nawabshah airport, the pilot preferred to keep them on board. Drinking water was provided to the passengers.

Defence Secretary of Pakistan Nargis Sethi has instructed the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority chief Nadeem Khan Yousufzai to provide with all possible amenities, facilities and assistance to the stranded passengers and crew members of the Air India plane. A report on the emergency landing was submitted to the Prime Minister.

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