KARACHI, Pakistan, July 10 (UPI Asia) –An Air India flight from Abu Dhabi to Delhi,with 122 passengers on board, made an emergency landing in Pakistan Monday follow inga technical snag.
The plane landed at the Nawabshah airport in Sindh province "after developing hydraulics failure", India's Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.
All the passengers were later on brought back to India in a special aircraft sent by Air India Monday evening.
A team of Indian engineers flew in on the relief aircraft to repair the Air India plane that made the emergency landing.
They were assisted by technical experts from Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority.
Airbus A-319, on its way back from Abu Dhabi,contacted control tower and apprised them of the technical snag, after which the plane was given green signal to land at Nawabshah airport in Pakistan's Sindh province.
"The aircraft was flying over Pakistan iair space when the pilot saw a warning light in the cockpit and sought permission to land at the nearest airport which was Nawabshah," an Air India spokesperson said in New Delhi.
As per newspaper reports, all three hydraulic systems of the Airbus 319 had failed - one of the rarest of rare incidents in modern jets like the A-320 family of jets – forcing the pilot to land the plane manually.
Air India engineers later on found that the cockpit panel had emitted a "false alarm" about a technical problem,reports The Times of India newspaper.
India's state-owned carrier Air India has been suffering major problems in the last few years.
A 58-day strike by Air India pilots overtraining and pay ended only last week.