Bengaluru: A Mangaluru-bound Jet Airways flight with 65 passengers and four crew members on board today returned to the airport in Bengaluru shortly after departure as smoke was detected in the cabin.
A full emergency was declared at the airport for priority landing of the flight 9W 2839 following which the runway was closed for operations at 10.20 AM and the aircraft landed safely, the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said.
Standard emergency procedures were followed and all 65 passengers and four crew members onboard were deplaned and are safe, it said.
Three arrival flights were held on air and five departure flights on ground.
Runways resumed operations at 10.51 AM, the BIAL said.
"In line with the airport's commitment towards passenger safety and prompt and timely action from the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team ensured that all passengers onboard the aircraft were evacuated safely", it said.
Jet Airways, in a separate statement, said the flight returned to Bengaluru airport soon after departure due to smoke detection in the cabin.
Precautionary evacuation of guests and crew was carried out immediately on landing, it said.
Jet Airways Statement 2
"All 65 guests and 4 crew are safe," the statement added.
Statement attributable to a Jet Airways spokesperson:
All 65 guests and 4 crew of Jet Airways flight 9W 2839 were safely evacuated after landing at Bangalore airport at 10.20 am.
Five guests were taken to the airport medical room for first aid. Other guests have been shifted to the airport lounge and are being cared for.
All checked-in and cabin baggage has been handed over to the guests, who will be accommodated on the next Jet Airways flight to Mangalore.
The ATR aircraft has been shifted to the parking bay for further inspection by Jet Airways engineering team.
The Airline has informed DGCA about the incident and will extend full co-operation in this regard.