Cyclone Phet forces Emirates plane u-turn

Karachi landing aborted due to adverse weather conditions

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The impact of Cyclone Phet on parts of Pakistan forced Emirates Airline to abandon a flight to Karachi, it was reported on Monday.

Speaking to UAE daily Emirates Business, an Emirates spokesperson confirmed that flight EK606, which was travelling from Dubai to Karachi, had to return to the emirate after it was unable to land in Karachi due to adverse weather conditions.

"All passengers are being looked after by Emirates at Dubai International Airport. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest importance and will not be compromised," the airline told the paper.

The flight, which originally left Dubai at 10am on Sunday, finally took off again at 9.43pm, arriving in Pakistan in the early hours of Monday, according to information given on the airline's website.

Cyclone Phet, which hit Oman over the weekend, has washed away nearly 40 villages in Gwadar and interior Sindh.

However, the cyclone was downgraded to a category two storm when it made landfall in Karachi on Sunday night.

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