DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
An Emirates Airline flight with 503 passengers
and crew was on Tuesday diverted to Tanzania’s commercial
capital Dar es Salaam after it failed to land in Mauritius due
to bad weather, aviation authorities said.
director general of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA),
said the Airbus 380 was allowed to land at the Julius Nyerere
International Airport (JNIA) at around 1 p.m. local time after
the crew had asked for permission.
“This is the first
time for such a huge aircraft to land at the JNIA,” said Johari
when reached by phone.
He said the plane,
flying from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, failed to touch
down at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in
Mauritius following bad weather.
“All the passengers
and crew are safe. They were making arrangements to spend a
night in Dar es Salaam and they are expected to proceed to
Mauritius tomorrow (Wednesday),” Johari said.
Matanga Mbusi, the
JNIA police commander, said the plane was diverted to Dar es
Salaam after three failed attempts to land in Mauritius.