An Air India flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai made an emergency landing and passengers evacuated Monday morning after the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Mumbai airport detected smoke from the aircraft as it was coming in to land.
About 120 passengers were evacuated reportedly in 90 seconds through chutes on the runway.
The flight, AI 620, reached Mumbai airport at around 7.30 am. According to the statement given by the pilot to officials, the ATC informed him of the smoke. “The pilot checked the controls and found everything normal. But since the ATC had detected smoke, the captain followed protocol and ordered evacuation,” said Harpreet A De Singh, chief of flight security at Air India.
A team of Directorate General of Civil Aviation along with AI officials inspected the plane following the incident. Statements of cabin crew, pilot and traffic control were taken to understand how the smoke might have been triggered.
“Till now, we have not come to any conclusion,” said Singh. According to her, the engine’s temperature was under normal limits and no malfunction was found.
According to airport officials, the plane landed on secondary runway and the main runway continued to function throughout the day.
The aircraft was moved away from the secondary runway after evacuation and sent for inspection.
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