An Air India flight (AI 670) winging its way from Bhubaneswar to Mumbai on Friday evening with over 180 people on board was diverted to Raipur following engine trouble.
- According to sources, a passenger reportedly suspected fire in an engine of the Airbus A321 and informed the cabin crew after which the pilots made a safe emergency landing in Raipur
- Passengers were safely evacuated using slides on the runway once the Airbus A321 landed
Air India flight (AI 670) after making an emergency landing in Raipur following engine trouble (Photo: ANI)
NEW DELHI: An Air India flight (AI 670) winging its way from Bhubaneswar to Mumbai on Friday evening with over 180 people on board was diverted to Raipur following engine trouble.
According to sources, a passenger reported seeing suspected fire on an engine of the Airbus A321. He informed the crew and then the pilot made a safe emergency landing at Raipur.
Passengers were safely evacuated using slides on the runway once the Airbus A321 stopped. The single-runway Raipur airport is closed and is expected to resume operations around 8.30 pm. The DGCA and AI are probing this incident.
According to preliminary information given to DGCA by AI, said an official, “Fire was reported by passenger to the cabin crew. The latter immediately informed the captain. The pilots carried out some checks and shut down engine number 1. They carried out a safe single engine landing in Raipur where passengers were evacuated using slides on the runway. The aircraft was towed from the runway.”
AI spokesman Dhananjay Kumar said: “The flight made an emergency landing in Raipur due to tail (possibly meaning tailpipe fire, which occurs within the normal gas flow path of the engine) fire. There was only tail fire and no fire warning in the cockpit. However when cabin crew reported fire on the engine, captain discharged the fire extinguisher bottle. Tail fire could be due engine blades damage and incomplete combustion in the engine.”
“Tail fire is not dangerous. Aircraft is still in runway while all the passengers are in terminal building.
Flight had taken off from Bhubaneswar at 5.06pm and landed in Raipur at 5.50pm. Further investigation is going on,” Kumar added.
The flight had taken off from Bhubaneswar at 5.06pm. After landing safely, the Raipur runway was closed for operations at 5.57pm. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) has been issued saying the runway will remain closed till 8.30pm. The aircraft was towed to the bay in that timeframe and runway was cleared.
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