Qatar Airways makes emergency landing in China

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URUMQI, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- All 194 people aboard a Qatar Airway flight from Japan to Qatar were safe after the plane made a successful emergency landing at an airport in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday.

The passenger plane, QR821, flying from Osaka, Japan to Doha, Qatar encountered mechanical problems at about 6:35 a.m. above Urumqi, the regional capital.

It plunged from a height of 11,000 meters to 2,000 meters in just five minutes, forcing the crew to prepare for landing at 7:22a.m. at the airport of Kashi city, according to the airport administration.

On board were 20 crew members and 174 passengers from 22 countries and regions including Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States and Qatar. They were all safe.

The passengers were sent to nearby hotels.

Qatar Airways is sending another plane to transport the passengers.

The airport administration of Xinjiang is investigating the incident. Further details are unavailable at this time.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/05/content_10770431.htm