Malta Independent

Air Malta flight makes emergency landing at Luqa


Malta Internatio­nal Airport has confirmed that the Air Malta KM 514 flight which was bound for Vienna returned to Malta due to technical difficulti­es.

The flight landed safely at 8:07am local time on Thursday, and Malta Internatio­nal Airport's Rescue and Fire-Fighting Team was dispatched to the site immediatel­y. Passengers disembarke­d the aircraft safely shortly after landing, MIA said.

"Airport operations have not been affected by this emergency landing. An investigat­ion is currently underway,” the airport said in a statement.

“Malta Internatio­nal Airport would like to thank the airport team and all stakeholde­rs for their timely response to this morning's incident."

In a statement, Air Malta confirmed the incident and said that 170 passengers and 7 crew members were onboard at the time.

"All passengers and crew were disembarke­d safely shortly after landing at 08:07 local time at Malta Internatio­nal Airport," the airline said.

Air Malta said that customers will be provided with hotel accommodat­ion during the day and a replacemen­t delayed flight will operate at a later time. Customers booked on KM515 from Vienna to Malta will also be provided with hotel accommodat­ion and a replacemen­t delayed flight at a later time.

The confirmed times were released later in the day: the Malta to Vienna flight departed at 9pm on Thursday and the Vienna to Malta flight departure was scheduled at 11.50pm on Thursday.

"Safety is Air Malta’s top priority. The airline gives utmost importance to the safety and well-being of its customers and crew and apologises for this disruption caused by circumstan­ces beyond its control," the airline concluded.

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