Published on : Friday, November 25, 2016
Air India Express flight IXE 885 bound for Saudi Arabia’s Dammam was forced to make an emergency landing in the Indian city of Kochi after sparks were found by the Air Traffic Control; right after the flight took off from Indian city of Mangaluru on Wednesday, 23rd November.
The Boeing 737-800 flight initially took off from Mangaluru with 131 air passengers and crew members onboard around 6:13 pm local time on 23rd November and it was heading towards Dammam in South Arabia.
The jet later managed to make a safe emergency landing and none of the passengers or the crew members was reported to be injured.
According to a spokesperson for Air India Express, the aircraft was cleared by the authorities afterwards to fly with the passengers.
The spokesperson informed that as the Mangaluru Air Traffic Control noticed sparks in the aircraft and reported the same to the flight commander, the aircraft was subsequently diverted to Kochi, following permission from the ATC there.
The Air India Express authorities later informed that the flight made a precautionary landing at the Kochi International Airport around 7:30 pm local time, where the engineers from the Air India Express thoroughly investigated the jet. As the engineers failed to find any snag, the flight took off again for Saudi Arabia around 10:30 am local time.