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PIA plane strays off runway in Lahore; three injured

August 31, 2012

An image posted by @shammalqureshi on social networking website Twitter purportedly shows the PIA aircraft that crash-landed at the Lahore airport. — Image via Twitter
An image posted by @shammalqureshi on social networking website Twitter purportedly shows the PIA aircraft that crash-landed at the Lahore airport. — Image via Twitter

LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) airplane strayed off the runway while landing in Lahore, injuring three people on board, DawnNews reported.

The PIA flight ATR-42 was traveling from Islamabad to Lahore when it strayed off the runway while it was attempting to land. Three people on board the aircraft were injured, including two passengers and a member of the flight crew. More than 30 passengers were traveling on the flight.

An image posted on social networking website Twitter purportedly showed the PIA aircraft that crash-landed. The person who posted the photo, @shammalqureshi, said in a post "It was very close to runway when it crashed, bounced back up and then crashed on the wing.then it just steered to the side."

The runway at the Lahore airport was temporarily closed due to the crash landing.

Earlier Friday, another PIA flight made an emergency landing at the Quetta airport due to a technical fault.

According to PIA sources, the flight PK 240 had been travelling from Kuwait to Lahore when it developed the fault. The flight had 196 passengers on board. All passengers and crew members were evacuated from the aircraft safely.

The PIA management stated that if the repair work took longer than expected, the passengers would be taken to Lahore on another aircraft.