A Dubai-bound Air India flight from Calicut with 62 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport after burning smell was detected in the cockpit, according to ANI. However, no smoke was observed when the airport officials checked it after landing. Soon after an alarm was raised, the flight was immediately diverted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at around 12:50 pm, an airport official told PTI.
The plane had made a safe landing and no injuries have been reported so far. Speaking about the incident, the official further said, the commander of the flight AI-937 operating on Calicut-Dubai route sought priority landing from the Mumbai air traffic control after there was a burning smell in the cockpit though no smoke was detected.
The Airbus A321 aircraft was then grounded and a team of Air India engineering department immediately went ahead with its inspection. Air India spokesperson was not available for comments.
In a similar incident, an Air India flight from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar, on May 22, had to make an emergency landing and returned to Mumbai safely after smoke was found in its cockpit on Monday. There were as many as 155 passengers on board when the glitch was alarmed, however, all passengers were reported safe. Speaking to Indian Express, an official spokesperson from Mumbai International Airport had said, “A full emergency was declared at 2.30 pm for flight AI 669. The aircraft landed safe and emergency was withdrawn.”
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An official from Air India said, “The flight, which was pushed back at 1.45 pm, took off at 2.15 pm and returned at 2.50 pm. Initially local authority declared emergency but later it was withdrawn. The emergency has since been withdrawn, and passengers will depart from another aircraft at 4.15 pm.”