A special Air India relief plane landed at Delhi airport on Monday with 122 passengers of another flight that had to make an emergency landing in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province early on Monday morning. India lauded the “good cooperation” from the Pakistani authorities for ensuring the safe return of the passengers.
India sent the Air India Airbus A-320 to pick up the passengers from Nawabshah airport in Sindh. Flight AI-940, which departed Abu Dhabi on Monday after originating from Bahrain, had to make the landing at Nawabshah airport early on Monday after the pilot noticed a hydraulic failure warning. The pilot made the emergency landing at about 2.57am (IST) in Nawabshah.
The passengers looked visibly relieved and happy to be back home. The passengers were received by Ashok Tomar, special secretary in India’s external affairs ministry. Tomar lauded the “good cooperation” from the Pakistani authorities. “I just want to say that the flight with the passengers has just landed as also the original flight AI-940 with the baggage is on its way back and should be landing soon,” he said.
“The Pakistani authorities went out of their way and were very helpful and cooperative in providing emergency landing to the Air India flight, providing speedy clearances for the relief plane, providing water and refreshments to the stranded passengers and offering transit visa to passengers, if needed,” official sources in New Delhi said.
According to sources in the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi, the passengers were given visas on arrival at the airport and were provided hospitality and support by the Pakistan government. — IANS
Our Abu Dhabi correspondent adds:
The New Delhi-bound flight flew from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10.30 pm on Sunday, Abhay Pathak, Air India’s Regional Manager in Dubai, said. “
Pervaiz George, a spokesman for Pakistan Aviation Authority, said the Indian captain was offered use of the airport lounges for the flight’s 122 passengers and eight crew members.
“We had offered full cooperation to them but the Airbus captain did not allow the passengers to disembark and requested just for drinking water,” Sultan Hasan, spokesman for the state-run Pakistan International Airlines, said.