Muscat airport closed after Pakistan plane crash lands

February 11, 2013
Avião da Pakistan International Airlines

MUSCAT, Feb 11 (Reuters) - A Pakistan International Airlines

passenger plane with about 70 people on board crash-landed on

the runway of Oman's main airport in Muscat on Monday, forcing

the cancellation of all flights from the facility, a safety

officer said on Monday.

Ali Al Zuwaidi, flight safety director at Muscat

International Airport, said the pilot had reported no injuries

among the passengers or crew.

"A PIA aircraft crashed on the runway after its landing gear

collapsed," Zuwaidi told Reuters. "We had to close the airport

indefinitely until the investigation has been completed," he

added.

Zuwaidi said the scheduled flight by the Boeing 737 aircraft

was arriving from Islamabad when it crash-landed.

Muscat airport is undergoing a $7.4 billon extension to

expand its runway and terminal building.

(Reporting by Saleh al-Shaibany, Editing by Sami Aboudi and

Andrew Torchia)