Air Arabia flight leaves for Bangladesh after emergency landing at Pakistan's Karachi airport

08:57, April 26, 2010      

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An Air Arabia flight, which earlier made an emergency landing Sunday evening at the Karachi Airport in southern Pakistan, was allowed to take off after clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The flight was on its way from Sharjah to Chittagong, Bangladesh, with 155 passengers and crew on board, when its captain received an indication of smoke in the cargo hold.

Without taking any risk, the pilot sought permission from the control tower at the Karachi airport for an emergency landing which was allowed and an emergency declared at the airport.

After landing the passengers were immediately evacuated and transferred to the lounge while the CAA engineers and technicians started a check of the aircraft.

The official APP news agency quoted a CAA spokesman as saying that nothing wrong was found during check and the indication for smoke was received, perhaps, because of malfunctioning of some equipment and since as per safety rules, no risk can be taken in any such case, the aircraft, a Airbus-320, therefore, made the emergency landing.

After clearance, the boarding of passengers started and later the flight left for its designated destination.

Source: Xinhua


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