Probe begins into Air India flight emergency landing

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 11 (IANS) And inquiry into the emergency landing of a Saudi Arabia-bound Air India flight at the international airport here Wednesday night has commenced, an official said Thursday.

The Dammam-bound AI 915 flight of the national carrier took off at 6 p.m. Wednesday. But it returned to the airport 40 minutes later after the captain got a warning about a snag in the aircraft’s doors.

Air India station manager K.D. Sivanath told IANS that officials of the Director General of Civil Aviation have arrived for inquiry.

‘Our engineers have started investigations. The inquiry is a routine thing, whenever incidents like this happen,’ said Sivanath.

The A-330 aircraft had 82 passengers onboard, including two infants. It reportedly made a hard landing, due to which it was stuck in the runway for four hours. The airport remained closed during this interval.

‘Stranded passengers will be flown tomorrow morning,’ Sivanath said.

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