Muscat airport ops restart after crash-landing
Muscat, February 12, 2013
Operations at the Muscat International Airport restarted early this morning after the crash landing of a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane with about 70 people on board on the airport runway forced cancellation of several flights.
The landing gear of the Boeing 737 collapsed on Monday as the plane landed. All passengers on board the Islamabad-Muscat flight were unhurt, a statement from the airport said.
The crash land had forced the cancellation of many flights on Monday, a safety officer said.
Ali Al Zuwaidi, flight safety director at Muscat International Airport, said the pilot had reported no injuries among the passengers or crew.
"A PIA aircraft crashed on the runway after its landing gear collapsed," Zuwaidi told Reuters. "We had to close the airport indefinitely until the investigation has been completed," he added.
Zuwaidi said the scheduled flight by the Boeing 737 aircraft was arriving from Islamabad when it crash-landed.
Muscat airport is undergoing a $7.4 billon extension to expand its runway and terminal building.
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