BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary temporarily shut a reactor at the Paks nuclear power plant on Thursday due to a malfunction of control equipment, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority said.

The reactor, which automatically stopped due to the malfunction, remains safe, it said in a statement on its website.

It could come back online at about 1000 GMT on Friday, said Antal Kovacs, a spokesman for the plant.

(This story corrects official name of the body to Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority)

(Reporting by Sandor Peto and Gergely Szakacs; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)