Shaheen Air crash-lands in Lahore, CAA denies reports of casualties

Authority says all passengers remained unhurt as flight overran runway

Web Desk/rana Tanveer November 03, 2015

LAHORE: A Lahore-bound Shaheen Air flight, carrying 121 passengers and crew members, made an ‘emergency landing’ at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday.

It was initially reported that at least 10 passengers received ‘minor’ injuries when the plane landed due to a burst tyre; however, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) denied the claims, saying all passengers remained unhurt and that flight NL-142 landed at the airport and shortly afterwards went off the runway.

Noticing the unusual movement of the aircraft, the control tower dispatched a fire tender to the site while the airport manager along with other CAA officials reached the site to evacuate passengers and crew from the plane, the CAA statement said.

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No person was injured in the incident and the main runway was operational without any hindrance, the statement added.

“Director General CAA has ordered an inquiry to investigate the incident and the safety investigation team has started investigation. As a precautionary measure, CAA is ensuring inspection of all aircraft,” the statement read.

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All passengers were evacuated safely from the aircraft, a CAA official told The Express Tribune.

In September, an aircraft carrying Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his colleagues made an emergency landing after it developed a technical fault after take-off. A spokesman for the Punjab government said the chief minister was on his way to Islamabad to attend a meeting. He said a few minutes after take-off, the aircraft developed a fault. He said the pilot had initially failed to land the aircraft.

CAA statement available with The Express Tribune.


Reader | 8 years ago | Reply @Saad: Easlily said than done!!! Running an airline is very expensive. It requires a lot, which unfortunately many airlines of the world cannot provide. Most airlines are subsidized by their governments, they cannot survive on revenue generated by passengers.
well wisher. | 8 years ago | Reply @Airliner: Well written and explained. There are many aspects to airline safety. Human lives are at risk, every time an aircraft takes off. If airlines for any reason cannot do what is expected to provide safety in all respects, then it would be wise to simply close the company than to risk lives. The spike in aviation accidents suggests that there are many things wrong in the aviation industry.
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