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Qatar Airways flight makes emergency landing in Karachi

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KARACHI: An international flight of Qatar Airways routed from Doha to New Delhi had made an emergency landing at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi due to a fault on Monday.

Qatar Airways’ flight no QR-579 was near Karachi when a fault occurred in the aircraft Airbus 150, causing smoke to fill in one of its cabins. It prompted the fire indication, sources within the Civil Aviation Authority said.

Sources privy to the matter said that the aircraft was at a height of 40,000 feet.

They said that as the Qatar Airways flight was making an emergency landing, a flight from Doha, bound to land in Karachi, had to continue circling overhead for a while. Several other flights, including Air Lanka’s UL-183, flying to Karachi, had to wait to land due to the emergency situation.

Local media said Airbus 150 was parked on runway no 1 of the Jinnah International Airport and its passengers were shifted to a transit lounge.

They said that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) engineers are inspecting the affected aircraft.

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