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PIA plane skids off runway in Lahore

01 September, 2012

LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight coming from Islamabad on Friday escaped a major mishap at Allama Iqbal International Airport after it slipped during landing.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sources, the pilot, after finding a problem in the landing gear, tried to have a safe landing but due to rain and bad weather the plane skid off the runway. After the crash landing, the plane slipped and passengers and flight staff sitting in the front received minor injuries. The right wing of the planewas also damaged.

The airport control room declared emergency and closed the airport for air traffic for almost 30 minutes. "The real cause of the mishap will be determined after investigation," the CAA officials said.

Some of the CAA experts claimed that the pilot landed the ATR 653 on the grassy land to minimise damage after the gear problem. They said that rain was not a strange phenomenon and there were very rare chances that the plane slid off the runway due to rain.

A PIA spokesman said the pilot controlled the situation and brought the aircraft under control, but the main gear of the plane collapsed. The passengers and the crew were shifted to the passengers lounge through buses, he added. He said further an inquiry board would conduct into the incidence.

Meanwhile, a technical fault in a PIA flight, coming from Kuwait, forced an emergency landing at Quetta airport on Friday.

Passengers and crew were evacuated safely. According to a private news channel, the Lahore-bound flight PK 206 with 160 passengers on board, developed a technical fault due to which it had to be landed at Quetta airport.

"It was due to a minor technical glitch and the plane landed safe and sound," sources said, adding that after the fault was fixed, the plane left for Lahore.

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