A Saudi chartered plane with 72 people on board made an emergency belly landing here on Sunday after developing a nose wheel problem, forcing closure of the city airport for all domestic and international flights.

The aircraft was flying from Tabuk in Saudi Arabia to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province.

It was diverted to Karachi after the pilot alerted authorities about the nose wheel problem, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George said.

After two attempts, the plane made a belly landing at Karachi airport shortly before 10 a.m. local time.

The aircraft's nose wheel failed to deploy and it remained on the airport's main runway hours after the landing.

Several flights were cancelled and some were diverted to other airports.

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