Kozhikode-bound Air India Express flight returns to Abu Dhabi after mid-air fire
An Air India Express flight from Abu Dhabi to Kozhikode, Friday, was directed to head back to the airport after fire was detected in one of the engines shortly after take-off.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in statement said that a Kozhikode-bound Air India Express flight from Abu Dhabi with 184 passengers onboard, landed back at the airport after the pilot detected flames coming out of one of the engines.
The DGCA said that the incident happened soon after the aircraft- an Air India Express B737-800- had taken off and climbed to 1,000 feet, adding that the pilot decided to go back to the Abu Dhabi airport due to the mid-air flameout.
The regulatory body said in its statement that an “Air India Express B737-800 aircraft VT-AYC operating flight IX 348 (Abu Dhabi-Calicut) was involved in Airturnback due to the No. 1 engine flameout at 1,000 ft during the climb.”
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The DGCA said a probe has been ordered into the incident.
In a similar incident, a Muscat-bound Air India Express flight from Trivandrum, landed back 45 minutes after taking off due to a technical glitch. The flight, according to officials, took off from Trivandrum at 8.30 am and landed back at 9.17 am.
In December 2022, a snake was found aboard 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 had ordered a detailed probe into the incident.
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