The Airbus A-320 was later cleared to take off following smoke scare
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Riyadh from Sialkot was forced to make an emergency landing in Lahore after smoke was detected in a cargo hold.
The flight – PK755 – safely landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, where all 300 passengers were disembarked.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted PIA spokesman Mashood Tajwar as saying that the pilot decided to make a “technical landing” after a smoke warning signal went off shortly after take-off on Wednesday morning.
“Keeping in mind the safety precautions, the pilot landed the aircraft in Lahore,” he said.
Following inspection, the flight was cleared to take off again and arrived in Riyadh at 8am local time.