New Delhi: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad-London-Newark bound Air India flight AI031/172 was grounded at Ahmedabad on Monday after it developed a technical snag after landing at Ahmedabad, reported news agency ANI. Also Read - Hyderabad-bound IndiGo Flight Suffers Technical Snag, Lands Safely at Airport
The flight, which landed at around 4.50 AM, was carrying 130 passengers on board which included 2 infants and 10 wheelchair passengers. Also Read - Services Affected on Delhi Metro's Blue Line, Yellow Line Due to Technical Issues: Officials
Air India authorities made arrangements for passengers who were bound to London and Newark later in the day. Those passengers will be connected through Delhi and Mumbai flight routes. Out of the 130 total airline passengers, 110 were accommodated in local hotels in Ahmedabad. Reports state that 20 passengers decided to go back to their residences.
The departure of the aircraft en route to London is expected at around 6.35 am on Tuesday.
A similar incident occurred on Sunday evening when an Air India Express bound for Singapore developed a technical snag, resulting in 115 passengers being stranded at Trichy for more than 24 hours. The Air India Express flight AXB 682 which reached Trichy from Singapore at 3 pm was preparing to depart at 4.10 pm when the pilot detected a mistake in the air-conditioning system, stated airport officials.
Air India has recently been caught in a host of issues. A flight attendant on Monday accidentally fell from a plane before just before departure at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. “The woman crew member was closing the door for the pushback when she fell from the aircraft,” claimed a source to the Press Trust of India. The plane in which the mishap occurred was identified as AI 864, a Delhi-Mumbai flight.
(With Agency Inputs)