US aircraft makes emergency landing in Islamabad

The plane was hit by an unidentified object while in flight.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 21:07 PM IST

Islamabad: A US aircraft made an emergency landing at the international airport in the Pakistani capital after it was hit by an unidentified object while in flight, TV news channels reported.

The plane was airlifting flood-affected people from the northern city of Skardu, reports said.

All crew members and passengers in the plane were safe, the Geo News and ARY News channels reported.

There was no word on the incident from Pakistani aviation authorities and the US embassy.

The US has sent several heavy lift military aircraft for flood relief operations in Pakistan.

Following the emergency landing, flight operations at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport were temporarily suspended and several flights coming to Islamabad were diverted to other cities.

PTI