Thiruvananthapuram: An Air India Express flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Saudi Arabia had to make an emergency landing at Thiruvananthapuram international airport on Saturday after a crack in the windshield of the aircraft was detected.Also Read - Air India Slashes Its Senior Citizen And Student Concessions From 50 Per Cent to 25 Per Cent

Speaking to PTI, an official informed that the flight took off from Thiruvananthapuram at around 7.52 am, however, soon the pilots noticed that the windshield of the airplane had cracks, prompting them to take an u-turn for an emergency landing at 8:50 AM. Also Read - Tata, Singapore Airlines Plan to Merge Vistara, Air India Within One-Year Time: Report

Fortunately, all the crew members, including the pilots, are safe. The plane had no passengers, due to COVID-19 induced restrictions on international travel to certain destinations, and was only carrying cargo and a crew of eight. Also Read - Air India and Willis Lease Ink Agreement for Engine Sale And Leaseback

C V Ravindran, the Director of Thiruvananthapuram Airport informed,”The flight was going to return from Damman in Saudi Arabia with Indian passengers as part of the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’. Had the crack been detected in the pre-flight check, the plane would not have taken off and therefore, it must have happened during take-off or while cruising.”

(With PTI Inputs)