The plane was on its way to Islamabad to pick up 180 passengers returning to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The national airline has since issued the below statement:
Air Zimbabwe special repatriation flight UM462 flying from Bangkok was, early this morning forced to make an air tum back mid-flight to Islamabad resulting from an abnormal engine parameter which necessitated a precautionary left engine shut down in accordance with established standard operating procedures.
Our engineers are making all necessary assessments and maintenance for its return to serviceability.
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