The traumatic incident ended with a dramatic rescue mission.The special Air India plane carrying 46 Indian nurses who were freed by militants in Iraq on Friday evening landed in Kochi today. The 46 nurses were stranded in Tikrit and were taken captive by the ISIS terror group.The environment was highly emotional at the Cochin International Airport on Saturday as 46 Indian nurses briefly held hostage by  arrived in a special Air India.

The special Air India flight, a wide body Boeing 777 LR landed in Mumbai on Saturday morning with 183 evacuees including 46 nurses and would head for Hyderabad and Kochi to drop those who have been airlifted from war ravaged regions of Iraq.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the families of the nurses received them with an uproarious welcome at the airport.