Balloon in Air India plane engine leads to emergency landing

 Monday, April 30, 2018 

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Air India planeIn a weird incident, an Air India plane bound for Srinagar had to return to Indira Gandhi International airport Sunday morning to make an emergency landing after a balloon got stuck in one of its engines. The flight with 188 passengers on board, however, landed safely, officials said.

 
The incident occurred around 10.30am with the Airport Operation Control Centre (AOCC) informing about the emergency landing, soon after flight AI 825 had taken off from IGI.

 

Officials said that clearance was given by air traffic control and within minutes, the plane landed back safely at the airport on runway 28/10.

 
“The emergency was terminated at 11.14am with all passengers landing safely. The Delhi to Srinagar flight which had departed at 10.20am had to land back after a balloon got stuck on one of the engines,” said an official.

 
Officials said the passengers were evacuated and taken to the destination in another flight soon after.

 

Flying objects coming in contact with a plane is often a hazard, which forces airlines to make an immediate landing, a majority of which are bird-hit related incidents.

 

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