PIA diverts Jeddah flight with Umrah pilgrims
Pakistan International Airlines diverted a Jeddah-bound passenger flight to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, causing a loss of RS3 million to the national carrier, it has been reported.
Crew members on the flight, which departed from Sialkot with 368 Umrah pilgrims on Saturday, were not able to retract the Boeing 747-300’s landing gear, according to a report in The Nation.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) declared emergency at Karachi International Airport, with fire brigade, paramedics and rescue personnel on high alert, the newspaper added.
Sources claim the landing gear could not be retracted because the lock pin was not withdrawn. The plane apparently had to burn several tonnes of fuel to avoid a possible fire eruption and ensure maximum landing weight, leading to a significant financial loss for the airline.
After landing at Karachi, the lock pin was removed and the aircraft was able to resume its journey.