A Pakistani plane on Thursday made an emergency landing on a busy highway outside the country's biggest city Karachi after developing an engine fault, an aviation official said.
The small plane was heading back to Karachi on a training flight from the town of Nawabshah, 250 kilometres (156 miles) to the northeast, when it ran into trouble.
"A small Piper plane owned by a private Schon Airlines was allowed to land on a highway after one of its two engines developed a fault," Pervez George, a spokesman of the country's Civil Aviation Authority, told AFP.
"A qualified pilot, along with two trainees, were on board and all three are safe," George said.
The plane came down on the highway about 75 kilometres outside Karachi, the country's financial capital whose Arabian Sea port is used by NATO to truck the bulk of its supplies to troops fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The highway is one of the busiest in the country, connecting Karachi to the rest of the country.
"The pilot asked us. He had no option but to land the plane on the highway and he safely landed," George said, adding that highway police had helped to control traffic on the ground to ensure a safe landing.
by Lachlan Carmichael
(c) 2011 AFP
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