Calicut-bound Air India Express flight catches fire mid-air and lands back at Abu Dhabi airport after flames were detected in one of its engines.
a Calicut-bound Air India Express B737-80 aircraft from Abu Dhabi had to make an emergency landing back at Abu Dhabi airport, the country’s aviation regulatory body said Friday. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a statement said the flight which had a total of 184 passengers on board landed safely and none of the passengers was hurt during the incident.
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Air India Express told ANI news agency that soon after taking off, the pilot detected a flame when the plane was at about 1,000 feet high. The airline said that the fire was detected in one of the engines and hence the people in charge made the decision to land the flight back to Abu Dhabi airport.
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In another incident earlier on 23 January, an Air India Express flight from Trivandrum to Muscat suffered a technical glitch. After the snag was detected, the flight was immediately landed, around 45 minutes after taking off. “The flight took off from Trivandrum at 8.30 am and landed back at 9.17 am,” the officials added.
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Not just technical snags and engine flameouts, in December 2022, a snake was found on a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight. However, the report of a snake on board came when the flight had already landed the Dubai airport. A probe was initiated into the matter byby the aviation regulatory body.