PIA plane escapes disaster midair

PIA plane escapes disaster midair
LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight heading to Saudi Arabia from Sialkot escaped disaster on Wednesday when it made an emergency landing after smoke erupted from the plane.

According to our correspondent, PIA flight PK-755, which departed Sialkot for Riyadh at 6am, made an emergency landing at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport after smoke was detected in the cargo compartment of the Airbus A-320 jet.

“The pilot received warning of smoke soon after the takeoff. After getting instructions from the control room, the pilot made emergency landing at Lahore airport,” a source told Samaa.

The flight was carrying at least 150 passengers. All onboard were safely evacuated after the landing, and no injuries were reported, sources said.

The aircraft is undergoing a full check-up and the flight will leave for Riyadh after getting clearance from the engineering department, PIA spokesman said.

The flight is expected to leave for Riyadh by 11:30am. 

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