Kerala-bound flight catches fire, make emergency landing in Abu Dhabi

Flight management system (FMS) developed a technical glitch. The flight took off from Trivandrum at 8.30 am and landed back at 9.17 am.

New Delhi | Updated: 03 February, 2023 4:47 pm IST

A Kerala-bound Air India Express plane had to make an emergency landing due to a fire in its engines soon after taking off from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.

Flames were noticed in one of the engines shortly after the take-off of the aircraft which was headed to Calicut airport in Kerala, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

As a result, the flight returned to the Abu Dhabi airport. All 184 passengers were safe, the airline said.

“Soon after taking off and climbing 1,000 feet, the pilot detected a flame in one of the engines and decided to go back to Abu Dhabi airport,” said Air India Express.

“Air India Express B737-800 aircraft returned to the Abu Dhabi airport due to a mid-air flameout,” said the DGCA.

Earlier on January 23, an Air India Express flight from Trivandrum to Muscat landed back 45 minutes after taking off due to a technical glitch.

According to officials, the flight management system (FMS) developed a technical glitch. “The flight took off from Trivandrum at 8.30 am and landed back at 9.17 am,” they added.

In December 2022, a snake was found on a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight. Air India Express Boeing B-737 flight from Calicut to Dubai took off as scheduled, and after landing at Dubai airport, the staff reported a snake on board the aircraft. The DGCA has ordered a detailed probe into the incident.

In the most tragic accidents in the recent history of aviation, 68 people, including five Indians, were killed after a passenger aircraft crashed into a gorge in Pokhara, Nepal last month.

According to eyewitnesses, the Yeti Airlines flight catch fire mid-air before plunging into a riverside trench around seven kilometres ahead of Pokhara International Airport, its destination.

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