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Engine problem forces plane to land in Istanbul

No injuries reported after Milan-Hong Kong flight turns back due to engine breakdown in Turkish airspace

A plane suffering from apparent engine failure was forced to make an emergency landing in Istanbul on Tuesday.

According to officials at Ataturk International Airport, the Cathay-Pacific Boeing 777-367ER was flying from Milan, Italy to Hong Kong when it experienced a technical problem.

The plane was in Turkish airspace when the pilot asked for emergency landing permission, the unnamed airport source — who spoke on condition of anonymity — said.

The aircraft landed safely 5.30 p.m. local time [1530GMT], and it was towed to a hangar to be investigated for a technical problem.

No injuries or damage was reported; passengers were transferred to an airport terminal.

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