KARACHI: A Qatar Airways flight going from Delhi to Doha made an emergency touchdown at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi “due to indication of smoke in the cargo hold”.
The flight — QR579 — is carrying over 100 passengers. The airline mentioned one other flight is being organized to take the passengers to Doha.
Flight QR579-Delhi to Doha diverted to Karachi (KHI) because of smoke detected within the cargo maintain. The plane landed safely, passengers disembarked usually & have been served breakfast. A reduction flight is in KHI & will depart at approx. 2PM native time, we apologise for the inconvenience
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) March 21, 2022
“Flight QR579 from Delhi to Doha on 21 March diverted to Karachi having declared an emergency due to indication of smoke detected in the cargo hold. Aircraft landed safely in Karachi where it was met by emergency services and passengers disembarked,” Qatar Airways mentioned.
“The incident is currently under investigation and a relief flight is being arranged to transport passengers onwards to Doha. We apologise for the inconvenience to our passengers who will be assisted with their onward travel plans,” the airline mentioned.
#Breaking: A #QatarAirways flight QR579 from #Delhi to #Doha makes an emergency touchdown in #Karachi after smoke detected in cargo maintain.
Airline says reduction flight being organized for journey to Doha. pic.twitter.com/GSzWXp71cr
— The apprised (@the_apprised) March 21, 2022
A heart specialist tweeted to complain in regards to the state of affairs. “What is the status of QR579 — Delhi-Doha, diverted to Karachi? No information being offered, no food or water being offered to passengers. Customer care is clueless. Please help,” Dr Sameer Gupta tweeted.
In a video message, one other passenger, Ramesh Raliya, mentioned many have connecting flights from Doha, however they haven’t bought any details about when the plane would take-off from Karachi.
The plane took off from Delhi at 3:50 am on Monday and landed at Karachi at 5:30 am, Raliya mentioned.
“After landing, they made everyone deboard and wait at the airport. It’s 9 am now,” the passenger mentioned within the video message. “They haven’t told us when the flight would take off. There are women and children, and many people have to take connecting flights from Doha,” he mentioned.