Emirates flight from Dubai to Male makes emergency landing in Mumbai

Emirates emergency landing: Smoke was observed onboard, following which the pilot decided to land in Mumbai

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2016 4:14 pm
 REUTERS/Ashraf Mohammad A representational image of an Emirates flight. Reuters/Ashraf Mohammad

An Emirates flight EK 652 from Dubai to Male, with 309 people on board, made an emergency landing in Mumbai. The emergency landing was necessitated after smoke was observed on-board, according to a report by news agency ANI. The aircraft is still in Mumbai.

“The ATC declared full emergency at the MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) at 1359 hrs after a Boeing 777 flight of Emirates (EK 652) from Dubai to Male had to make an emergency landing following detection of smoke in the aircraft,” a Mumbai airport official said today. The flight with 309 passengers and crew landed safely at 1458 hrs on Runway 9 of the Mumbai airport, the official said.

It was not immediately known if passengers would be allotted fresh flights or if the aircraft will take off after necessary checks.  The flight’s scheduled departure from Dubai is at 9.50 am and it lands in Male at 3.05 pm. The flight further departs Male at 4:30 pm to arrive at Colombo at 6.30 pm. The on-going flight has been delayed.

“The ATC declared full emergency at the MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) at 1359 hrs after a Boeing 777 flight of Emirates (EK 652) from Dubai to Male had to make an emergency landing following detection of smoke in the aircraft,” said a Mumbai airport official.

The flight with 309 passengers and crew landed safely at 1458 hrs on Runway 9 of the Mumbai airport, the official said. Emirates was not immediately available for comment.

More details are awaited.

with PTI inputs

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