An Air India flight going from Bhubaneswar to Mumbai made an emergency landing with just one engine running at Raipur airport on Friday evening after the pilot informed the air traffic control (ATC) about a problem in the left engine.
Passengers had alerted crew members after they noticed flames and suspected them to be from the aircraft’s engine.
However, an Air India spokesperson said that there was “only a tail fire” which could be due to “engine blades damage and incomplete combustion in the engine” of the Airbus A321 aircraft.
All 189 people on board the AI 670 flight, including 180 passengers and nine crew members, were declared safe and deboarded after the flight landed. Officials at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the flight landed at Raipur airport at 5.57 pm and flight operations remained closed at Raipur between 6 and 8 pm.
R R Sahay, AAI Director, Raipur airport said, “The ATC at Raipur received a message from Kolkata ATC saying that an aircraft that was supposed to overfly Raipur… that the port engine, which means the left engine of the aircraft, is on fire, and they would like to make an emergency landing at Raipur. So we followed the complete emergency drill… the first report from the CFT (crash fire tenders) was that at that moment there was no fire.”
Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said, “There was only a tail fire and no fire warning… A relief flight has been arranged…will then take off to Mumbai with the crew and passengers.”