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Pak plane with lawmakers on board makes emergency landing

A Pakistan International Airlines flight with 118 passengers including several parliamentarians made an emergency landing at Multan airport on Tuesday after its electronic generators malfunctioned, an official said.

world Updated: Sep 27, 2011 23:02 IST

A Pakistan International Airlines flight with 118 passengers including several parliamentarians made an emergency landing at Multan airport on Tuesday after its electronic generators malfunctioned, an official said.

The Boeing 737 carrying 118 passengers and crew left had taken off from Islamabad for Karachi on Tuesday afternoon.

"The plane had to make a technical landing in Multan, the nearst airport from Islamabad, after its electronic generators developed a fault," PIA General Manager (Public Relations) Sultan Ahmed told PTI.

He said the plane would be ready to fly again in a couple of hours after the fault is repaired.

President Asif Ali Zardari’s assistant political secretary Fauzia Wahab was on the flight.

"Suddenly the plane's lights went off and the pilot told us not to worry as we would land in Multan to get the fault repaired," she said.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Waseem Akhtar said: "God gave us another life."

He said passengers had started reciting verses from the Quran when all the lights in the plane went off.