KARACHI - A London-bound Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight had to make emergency landing soon after take off as an engine of plane caught fire, here on Sunday.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the PIA flight PK-787, carrying the airline officials among 167 passengers, landed safely at Karachi airport as the engine of a plane caught fire soon after take off, eyewitness said.

Emergency was declared at the airport, while doctors, ambulances and fire tenders were also put on standby.

However, Director Airport Services Asif Bashir said that the engine of the plane didn't catch fire, adding that it only experienced a technical fault.