Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi-Calicut flight IX348 of Air India Express had to make an emergency landing when flames started rising in its left engine. The flight made an emergency landing at Abu Dhabi Airport. All the passengers aboard the plane are said to be safe. Air India Express issued a statement in this regard saying, ‘Air India Express flight 1 going from Abu Dhabi to Calicut returned after an engine fire, the plane made a safe emergency landing at Abu Dhabi airport. All the passengers are safe. There were a total of 184 passengers in this aircraft.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a statement saying, ‘Today Air India Express operating flight B737-800 VT-AYC IX348 (Abu Dhabi-Calicut) caught fire in the number 1 engine during climb at 1000 feet. Due to this, the flight had to be turned back at Abu Dhabi airport. According to the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the Air India flight took off at 9.59 pm Abu Dhabi time (3:29 am IST) and made an emergency landing 45 minutes later. Accordingly, the aircraft must have reached a maximum altitude of 1,975 feet when the engine fire occurred.
Earlier on January 23, the Air India Express flight from Trivandrum to Muscat had to land back at Trivandrum airport 45 minutes after take-off due to a technical fault in the aircraft. According to media reports, there was some technical fault in the flight management system of the aircraft. Last year on December 22, a snake was found on the flight of Air India Express going to Dubai. This plane had flown from Calicut and after reaching Dubai, the presence of a snake was detected in the plane. Four days back, an Air Asia flight going from Lucknow to Kolkata had to make an emergency landing due to a bird hit. Similarly, the flight Air Vistara going from Delhi to Bhubaneswar made an emergency landing at IGI Airport after a technical fault.