LAHORE / KARACHI: In a second incident of Shaheen Air aircraft today, the fuel tank of a plane began leaking as it was about to take off from Lahore airport, Express News reported.
Express News correspondent Safdar Hussain, also on board flight 742 said that as the plane was taking off, the fuel tank began leaking, forcing the pilot to brake before take-off.
The 200 passengers on board the flight remained unhurt. They were shifted to the waiting lounge at the airport where they began protesting, demanding that they be flown in another airline.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman Pervez George told The Express Tribune that Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has directed Director-General CAA Nadeem Khan Yousafzai to thoroughly check all aircraft of private airlines.
DG CAA has ordered an immediate inquiry on this incident and has requested Pakistan International Airline to remove the aircraft from the runway.
Earlier, today in a similar incident, emergency was declared in an aircraft of Shaheen Air when two of its tyres burst during landing at a runway in Karachi.
According to Express News the plane, with about 100 passengers aboard, was bound to land at the 25-L runway at the Jinnah International Airport when the landing gear malfunctioned, causing the two tyres burst from the pressure.
Embers that sparked from the rims were extinguished with the help of water. All passengers and flight crew remained unhurt in the incident.
Following the Karachi incident, the Jinnah International Airport was shut down till 5pm and most flights were being redirected to a Nawabshah airport.
These incidents come two days after the Bhoja Air plane crash that took 127 lives on April 20.