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Air Zimbabwe plane makes emergency landing in Thailand

Christian Fernsby |
An Air Zimbabwe plane declared an emergency shortly after take-off from Bangkok, Thailand, following a left engine technical fault, the airline said.

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Flight UM462 was just 40 minutes into its flight to Islamabad, Pakistan, from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok when it declared an emergency and requested to turn back.

The aircraft landed safely back in Bangkok with its 17 crew and two passengers.

The 29 year old Boeing 767-200 ER developed an “abnormal engine parameter which necessitated a precautionary left engine shut down in accordance with established standard operating procedures,” Air Zimbabwe said in a statement.

The aircraft was running a special repatriation service for South African and Zimbabwean citizens stranded in Asia following the global coronavirus pandemic.

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