Mid-air scare for 135 travellers as AI plane makes emergency landing
Nearly 135 passengers on board a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Sharjah had a lucky escape after the aircraft developed a mid-air snag. According to Mumbai airport sources, the Air India flight 967 was diverted to Mumbai late evening.
“At 10.40 pm we got a call from Air Traffic Control that an Air India flight had requested the emergency team at Mumbai to be on standby,” said a source at the airport. But the ‘standby’ soon turned into a full-fledged ‘emergency’. Accordingly, emergency teams at Mumbai airport comprising fire vehicles and medical personnel advanced to the runway, the source added.
Though no reactions from Air India were available at the time of going to press, sources indicated that a hydraulic system failure in the Airbus A320 could be the probable cause of the problem. Passengers came off the plane and were inside the Mumbai airport terminal building till late yesterday night. There was no information on how the onward journey would be completed.
Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd, the airport’s operator, confirmed that emergency teams were sent in for the flight.