Kolkata, Mar 21: A New Delhi-bound Air India (AI) flight from Kolkata, with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit onboard among other passengers, was cancelled due to a technical snag on Sunday evening.Also Read - Breaking News LIVE: PM Modi to Host First India-Central Asia Summit Today; Trade, Connectivity, Afghanistan Talks in Key Focus

“The New Delhi-bound flight was ready for take off from Kolkata and while pushing back the aircraft from the parking bay, the pilot noticed a technical problem and informed the ground staff,” the Air India spokesperson said. Also Read - After 68 Years, Air India Likely To Be Handed Over To Tata Group Today

“Engineers examined the aircraft thoroughly, but the snag could not be rectified and the aircraft was declared unfit to fly,” he said. All 237 passengers were de-boarded and 50 of them including Mr Basit were accommodated in another subsequent flight to Delhi, the spokesperson said, adding, the rest of the passengers would be accommodated in another flight on Monday morning. Also Read - Ahead of Handover to Tata Group, Air India Pilots Seek Clearance of Dues, Corrections to Deductions in Arrears