Lahore: Passengers on a Pakistani
airliner flying from Kabul to Islamabad had a narrow escape
on Thursday when it made an emergency landing in this eastern city
after its windscreen was damaged in bad weather.
The incident occurred just a day after a plane of
private operator Airblue crashed into hills outside Islamabad
in heavy rain and poor visibility, killing all 152 passengers
There were 107 passengers on the Pakistan
International Airlines flight PK-252 from Kabul to Islamabad.
Yasmin Haroon, spokesperson for the state-run PIA,
said a panel of the Boeing 737`s windscreen was shattered
during the flight.
"The control tower asked the pilot to divert the
flight to Lahore as the weather in Islamabad was rough. The
plane landed at Lahore airport at 6.10 pm," Haroon told PTI.
The passengers, including some foreigners, had been
put up at a hotel and would leave for Islamabad tomorrow at 9
am, she said.