Air India flight en route to Mumbai stranded in Ankara

Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

M_Id_434180_Air_India_Airbus_A-320A weird situation cropped up when a flight had adequate fuel to fly, passengers were ready and pilots eager to move on but still it could not take off. Has anybody ever heard of such a predicament?

Over 200 passengers are stranded in Ankara flying in Air India Flight 130. AI 130 flew from London for Mumbai but en route encountered a case of medical emergency on board. The pilot had to contact the nearest Air Traffic Control to make an emergency landing at Ankara.


Later a technical issue prevented it from taking off and flying to its destination.
The plane is a Boeing 787. And, since it was Boeing 787, it cannot take-off if it has made ‘overweight landing’.

What it means is that when a Boeing 787 lands, it shall have minimum weight. But as it happened in the present case, the plane had additional 20 tonne of fuel left when it landed. This additional fuel made categorised it as ‘overweight landing’.

Now, without a clearance from the engineering teams at the Ankara airport, the Air India flight cannot take-off again.

The 200-odd passengers on board are stranded in Ankara for over 24 hours.

Sources in Air India have confirmed the incident. They said an engineering team of Air India has been sent now to inspect the aircraft and give a take-off approval.

However, till then it is a painstaking wait for the passengers.


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