MULTAN: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, PK-387, made an emergency landing at Multan airport on Wednesday after the cockpit failed to show the opening of rear left wheels.
The rear wheels, called the undercarriages, opened before the landing but the opening of the left undercarriage was not indicated in the cockpit.
The pilots of the plane informed the air control tower, prompting an emergency at the airport. The fire department was also alerted and the plane was landed in the emergency field. All the passengers remained safe.
The aircraft, Boeing 737, was carrying around 45 passengers from Islamabad to Multan. The plane was further Karachi-bound with 118 passengers.
Before the emergency landing, the plane flew for around an hour to consume fuel in order to prevent fire. It was scheduled at land at 3:10pm but landed at 4:20pm.
The plane received a manual indication by the air control tower that the wheels have opened, but the pilot, Captain Shahid, refrained from taking any risk and landed safely in the emergency field.
The passengers of the plane appreciated the cabin crew for their professional handling and dealing with the passengers.
On landing, the plane was refuelled and serviced to fix the problem before taking off for Karachi.
Earlier on Sunday, the fuel tank of one of Shaheen Air planes leaked minutes before take-off from Lahore airport, while two tyres of another aircraft from the same airlines burst during landing in Karachi.
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