Karachi Airport closes after more Shaheen Air incidents today ! – Herald Tribune

Posted: April 22, 2012 in Airlines, Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News), India
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[Herald Tribune] Shaheen Air: Burst tyres and a fuel leak cause panic & protests.

LAHORE / KARACHI: In a second incident of Shaheen Air today, the fuel tank of a plane began leaking as it was about to take off from Lahore airport, Express News reported.

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Express News correspondent Safdar Hussain, also on board flight 742 said that as the plane was taking off, the fuel tank began leaking due to over-fuelling, forcing the pilot to brake before take-off.

The 200 passengers on board the flight remained unhurt. They were shifted to the waiting lounge at the airport where they began protesting, demanding that they be flown in another airline.

PIA to remove aircraft from runway

Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Nadeem Khan Yousafzai has ordered an immediate inquiry on this incident and has requested Pakistan International Airline to remove the aircraft from the runway.

CAA spokesman Pervez George told The Express Tribune that Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has directed DG CAA  to thoroughly check all aircraft of private airlines.

Plane’s tyres burst

Earlier, today in a similar incident, emergency was declared in an aircraft of Shaheen Air when two of its tyres burst during landing at a runway in Karachi.

According to Express News the plane, with about 100 passengers aboard, was bound to land at the 25-L runway at the Jinnah International Airport when the landing gear malfunctioned, causing the tyre to burst from the pressure.

Embers that sparked from the rims were extinguished with the help of water. All passengers and flight crew remained unhurt in the incident.

According to a CAA spokesperson, the Shaheen Air flight No NL 122 was a Boeing 737.

“The tyre of the wheel landing gear exploded. The plane went forward but then screeched to a halt”, he said.

Jinnah International was also closed down

Earlier, today in a similar incident, emergency was declared in an aircraft of Shaheen Air when two of its tyres burst during landing at a runway in Karachi……

Read the full story at The Express Tribune…..


By Web Desk

Published: April 22, 2012


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