New Delhi: An Air India flight from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi has had to make an emergency landing an airport in Pakistan's Nawabshah, in Sindh province early this morning. The pilot, Captain Sunil Vashist, sought permission to land in Pakistan after all three hydraulic systems of the Airbus A 319 failed in a rare occurrence.
The plane landed at Nawabshah airport in southern Sindh province at 3:37 am.
It is estimated that the plane is carrying about 122 people. All of them are safe and have reportedly been provided a meal at the Pakistan airport. Reports say the repair work is going on.
The plane registration is VT-SCG. It is a new aircraft, but all backup systems reportedly failed.
In New Delhi, an Air India spokesperson said: "The aircraft was flying over Pakistan air space when the pilot saw a warning light in the cockpit and sought permission to land at the nearest airport which was Nawabshah."
The captain preferred to have the passengers remain on board the aircraft though Pakistani authorities had offered to allow them to disembark, Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George said said.
Sources in the Indian government say that a technical team of eight engineers and an aircraft will shortly leave from Delhi to bring back the passengers. They also say that the Ministry of External Affairs has in touch with authorities in Sindh through the Indian High Commission in Pakistan.
The Indian High Commissioner has spoken to the pilot, say sources.