PIA grounds plane after engine catches ‘fire’


LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Jeddah on Sunday made an emergency landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport due to technical fault.

Sources said that the PIA Boeing 777 aircraft took off from the Lahore airport but fire alarms went off inside the cockpit after the emergence of smoke from the engine.

The pilot of the aircraft immediately contacted the control tower to seek permission for an emergency landing and safely landed the aircraft with more than 130 passengers on board.

According to the PIA spokesperson, PK-759 with more than 130 passengers was landed due to technical fault and the plane was grounded for repair work, whereas, the passengers were departed to Jeddah through an alternative flight.

PIA Spokesperson Mashood Tajwar rejected the reports that engine caught fire. He said the fire alarm went due to a “technical issue in the avionic system”.