LAHORE - At least 10 passengers were injured yesterday when a Shaheen Airliner crashlanded at Lahore Airport , eyewitness said.

With over 120 people aboard, the plane skidded off the runway shortly after a tyre burst. At least 121 people including two infants and seven crew members were aboard the aircraft – Shaheen Air International (flight No NL-142 B-737) which crashlanded at 09:27am.

An eyewitness told reporters that one of the plane’s tyres “ripped off the aircraft which skidded off the runway” as the flight landed.

TV footage and some photographs showed passengers leaving the plane in panic. All the passengers were evacuated. “All passengers are well and safe. Eight to ten people received minor injuries,” said officials. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority however denied reports of injuries. In a press statement issued from Karachi the authority said, “No passenger or crew member was injured”.

According to the CAA, soon after landing at secondary runway, the aircraft was dragged off the runway about 1000 feet. “CAA Fire Crash Tenders rushed to the site while the passengers were taken to the lounge by CAA officials,” said officials.

Since the airplane made a crashlanding on the secondary runway, the main runway remained operational and no flight was delayed, officials said.

CAA ORDERS INQUIRY

INTO CRASHLANDING

Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds: The CAA has ordered an inquiry into the of crashlanding.According to a spokesperson, CAA Director General has ordered an inquiry into this incident and the safety investigation team has started their process to find the cause of this incident.

“Moreover, as a precautionary measure, CAA is ensuring inspection of all aircraft of all national airlines,” the spokesperson added. Meanwhile, Rashid Hussain, Airport Manager, AIIAP Lahore along with other CAA officials reached the site and immediately evacuated the passengers and crew members from the aircraft. The passengers were taken to lounge and properly looked after by the CAA officials.