Emirates Plane From Lusaka Develops Fault In Mid Air, Aborts Trip.
Travellers on an Emirates flight EK714 from Lusaka to Dubai on Friday night were engraved with fear when, 40 minutes after takeoff, the plane had to abort the rest of the flight and return back to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) after it developed a technical fault.
One of the passengers on the plane when the incident occurred said the plane took off around 21:40 hours from KKIA but was forced to turn back mid-air after the passengers were informed by the pilot that it had developed a technical fault and, therefore, needed to land to guarantee safety of all passengers aboard.
The passengers, who landed at KKIA around 23:00 hours on Friday night, were accommodated at Pamodzi Hotel. A check by Zed Corner reporters on Saturday found them on airport transfers from the hotel.
One of the passengers in an interview revealed that they were being transferred to the airport in readiness for a scheduled flight on the same plane.
“We have been guaranteed that the plane has been effectively worked on and serviced by the technicians and our transfers to various destinations from Dubai have been arranged and secured. All passengers have been advised to leave the hotel by 11:50 hours,” said one passenger.
And in a statement released yesterday by Emirates, the airline said all passengers disembarked normally and that the airline provided overnight hotel accommodation for the affected passengers.
And in a related incident, in 2012, Airbus A330-200, registration A6-EAP flight EK-714 from Lusaka to Dubai was enroute about 30 minutes into the flight when the left engine emitted loud bang prompting the crew to shut it and return to Lusaka for a safe landing.