Lufthansa jet makes emergency landing in Russia: official

A plane of German flag carrier Lufthansa made an emergency landing in Russia on Tuesday after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, the emergencies ministry said. The Airbus A-320 plane, carrying 116 passengers and six crew, was flying from the Urals city of Yekaterinburg to Frankfurt when it made the emergency landing at the airport of Perm, also in the Urals. "After landing at Perm all the passengers left the plane and were examined by doctors," said the branch of the emergencies ministry for the Perm region in a statement on its website. "There were no injuries or fatalities." The ITAR-TASS news agency said that according to the Urals section of Russia's transport investigation body, the landing was forced after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit. The passengers were currently in the international departures area of Perm's Bolshoe Savino airport awaiting Lufthansa's decision over how to fly them onwards, the Interfax news agency said. by Sebastian Smith (c) 2011 AFP
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Date: Oct 25, 2011