LAHORE: A private airliner escaped a major accident when it made an emergency crash-landing at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal airport on Tuesday after its landing gear reportedly malfunctioned.
All 112 passengers on board the Shaheen Airlines NL-142 Karachi to Lahore flight remained unhurt and were safely evacuated via the emergency escape chute.
Airport sources said the plane’s landing gear malfunctioned and its tire burst as it touched ground. Sources added that the Shaheen Airlines plane veered off the runway and landed on the grass.
The runway was temporarily closed for flights following the landing.
Photos obtained by Geo News showed the airplane on a grassy patch off the runway, and it appeared the main landing gear was broken off as the plane sat on its belly.
An initial report by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the aircraft’s landing gear, windows and right wing were damaged in the landing. The CAA added that it had initiated its investigation into the incident.