Air India Express makes emergency landing in Bengaluru after engine catches fire

Air India Express makes emergency landing in Bengaluru after engine catches fire
Air India Express makes emergency landing in Bengaluru after engine catches fire

A Bengaluru-Kochi Air India Express flight makes an emergency landing at Bengaluru Airport after its right engine caught fire soon after take-off, in the early Sunday morning. Photo | PTI

BENGALURU: An Air Indian Express IX 1132 from Bengaluru to Kochi had a miraculous escape after one of its engines caught fire.

All 179 passengers including six crew members and two infants on board were evacuated safely.

The flight which took off from Terminal 2 of from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at 10.49 pm returned to Bengaluru shortly and had an emergency landing on the South Runway at 11.12 pm.

According to a spokesperson of airport operator, Bangalore International Airport Limited, “On May 18, IX 1132 made an emergency landing at Bengaluru airport at 11.12 pm due to a reported fire in one of the engines. A full-scale emergency was declared and the fire was promptly extinguished on landing. “All 179 passengers and six crew members have been successfully evacuated from the aircraft.”

An Air India Express spokesperson said, “As flames were seen emanating from the right engine after take-off, the Bengaluru-Kochi flight elected to return and carried out to a precautionary landing at Bengaluru. The ground services also reported flames, resulting in an evacuation. “The crew accomplished an evacuation with no injuries to any guests.”

He added, “A thorough investigation with the regulator shall be accomplished to establish the cause.”

According to a flight tracking website, the Airbus A320 aircraft took off at 10.49 pm from Terminal 2.

A source said that after flying for a few minutes after it took off, the engine caught fire.

“The pilot of the flight informed the Air Traffic Control inside Bengaluru airport about the situation at 11.02 pm. The ATC declared an emergency at 11.03 pm. The engine that caught fire was switched off immediately with operations carried out only with the left engine The flight landed at 11.12 pm.

The firefighting unit and medical teams were kept in readiness. “As soon as the flight landed on the South Runway, the crew on board and evacuation teams safely escorted all the passengers outside,” he said.

A video shared by an airport source revealed passengers panicking inside the airport and the cabin crew repeatedly pleading with them to remain in their seats and wait for the pilot’s instructions on lighting from the aircraft.

The airline said that all passengers were provided accommodation for the night. The spokesperson added, “Some passengers opted to stay inside the airport while many stayed at nearby hotels where they were accommodated. An alternative Air India Express flight was arranged on Sunday at 11.30 am in which 122 passengers left. Others will be accommodated in the evening Air India Express flight or of other airlines. “

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