Saudi plane makes emergency landing in Karachi

KARACHI: A Saudi charted plane landed at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on Sunday without its front wheels opening, but with no casualties, officials said.

The front part of the plane had minor damage, officials said.

The plane, which was flying with 72 passengers and several crew members from the Saudi city of Tabok to Quetta, was to make emergency landing in at Karachi at 10:05 a.m., local time.

Civil Aviation Authorities said that a small fire erupted in the plane after it landed but it was controlled immediately. A thick smoke was seen emitting from the runway as the plane landed, they said.

The authorities said that the plane faced a technical problem and its nose wheel front wheels could not open, so it landed with the wheels closed.

The pilot of a private company skilfully landed the plane after the Pakistani authorities briefly closed airport for the emergency landing.

Ambulances and fire fighters had been called to deal with any emergency situation but the authorities had a sigh of relief after the plane landed without any disaster.

The pilot had informed the control tower about the problem, the Civil Aviation Authorities said. The pilot was allowed to land at third attempt.

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