Air India Express Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Fire

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 22, 2024 13:30 PMNews
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Passengers and crew on an Air India Express flight from Bengaluru to Kochi experienced a tense situation when one of the aircraft's engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. The incident occurred on May 18, 2024, involving a 10-year-old Airbus A320-200. The crew managed to safely evacuate all 179 passengers and six crew members without any injuries.

Shortly after the flight took off from Kempegowda International Airport, flames were seen coming from the right engine. The cockpit crew immediately turned the plane around, and a full emergency was declared at Bengaluru airport. The aircraft landed safely at 11:12 p.m., and the fire was promptly extinguished upon arrival.

The flight crew followed protocol and efficiently evacuated the plane after the fire was under control. Passengers commended the crew for their responsible actions and quick response, which ensured their safety. Videos circulating on social media showed a flight attendant instructing passengers to remain calm and seated, emphasizing that the situation was under control.

Air India Express arranged alternative transportation for the passengers to reach Kochi, although there were some issues related to baggage delivery. One passenger reported that while hand luggage was received, check-in luggage had not yet been delivered, with the airline promising home delivery.

The aircraft involved, registered VT-ATF, previously operated under AirAsia India before being transferred to Air India Express as part of a merger process. This merger is part of a broader strategy by the Tata Group to consolidate its aviation holdings, which includes merging Air India Express with AirAsia India to create a more robust low-cost carrier.

Air India Express, traditionally focused on medium-haul international flights, is expanding its domestic operations to serve more tier-2 and tier-3 cities within India. This incident underscores the airline's commitment to maintaining safety protocols and ensuring passenger safety during emergencies.

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