After being trapped in Pakistan for about a day, an Indian jet that was at the airport in Karachi finally departed for New Delhi.
A technical issue on Tuesday forced the Dubai-bound aircraft, which was carrying 138 passengers and crew, to make an emergency landing at Jinnah International Airport, leaving them stuck in Karachi.
According to sources within the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), Pakistan International Airlines’ engineers were able to fix the issue before the SpiceJet Boeing 737 Max-8, flight number SG-9922, took off for New Delhi on Wednesday morning. They reported that the flight departed at 3:24 am and arrived in New Delhi, India, around 5:35 am. The sources claim that this aircraft, which has been in service for three years, made its debut in December of last year.
The CAA spokeswoman stated that following the emergency landing at Karachi airport, the passengers of the stranded aircraft were given permission to stay in a lounge. After a 12-hour stopover, they boarded another aircraft and took off for Dubai.
The unfit aircraft, however, spent 18 hours in Karachi getting fixed.