PIA flight to Kuala Lumpur diverted to Karachi due to 'technical issues'

| Updated: Dec 19, 2016 22:01 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 19 (ANI): A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Lahore to Kuala Lumpur was diverted to Karachi early Monday due to reported technical complications that developed mid-flight. PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said that upon landing, the aircraft was replaced with an alternate plane before flight PK-898 took off for the Malaysian capital at 4:00 a.m. "[The flight was] diverted due to technical reasons," the Dawn quoted him as saying and did not confirm media reports alleging "hydraulic pipes had burst". He said the airline diverted the plane to Karachi instead of landing in Kuala Lumpur as it did not want the plane to be stranded in Malaysia. Gilani added that it was diverted as a "precautionary measure" because PIA's engineering maintenance station is situated there.(ANI)