An Air India flight from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi was forced to make an emergency landing at the Nawabshah airport in the Sindh province of Pakistan after the aircraft reportedly developed a technical problem.
According to reports from Pakistan, all 122 passengers on board the aircraft, which was travelling from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi, were safe.
The flight made an emergency landing after the pilots reportedly noticed the possibility of a hydraulics failure in the aircraft after which they decided to make a emergency landing, CNN IBN reported.
The captain of the Airbus aircraft contacted Pakistani authorities and sought permission for an emergency landing after detecting the problem with the hydraulic system, Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told PTI.
The plane landed at Nawabshah airport in southern Sindh province at 3.37 am.
In New Delhi, an Air India spokesperson said: “The aircraft was flying over Pakistan air space when the pilot saw a warning light in the cockpit and sought permission to land at the nearest airport which was Nawabshah.”
The captain preferred to have the passengers remain on board the aircraft though Pakistani authorities had offered to allow them to disembark, George said.
The airline is sending another aircraft at 10.30 am today from Delhi to pick up the 130 passengers on board and bring them to India. A team of Air India engineers is also expected to travel to Pakistan to check the airworthiness of the plane.
with inputs from PTI