Passengers onboard an Air India Express flight were evacuated after smoke was detected on the aircraft while it was on the runway.
The incident happened while the Kochi-bound Boeing 737-800 aircraft was taxiing. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) has stated that the cabin of the Air India flight was filled with smoke after engine number two caught fire.
The smoke was detected on the Air India flight while the aircraft was still on the runway in Muscat airport. There were 141 passengers, including 4 infants, and 6 crew onboard. All have been evacuated and are safe.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
The DGCA stated, “All passengers were safely evacuated after smoke was detected in engine no. 2 of Air India Express flight (to Cochin) on the runway at Muscat airport. Relief flight to be arranged. We will investigate the incident and also take appropriate action.”
Air India Express
“No injuries have been reported and they have been transported to the terminal building,” an official told. The video of Air India engulfed in smoke went viral on social media soon after the incident.
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Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) will probe the incident, according to an official. Alternative arrangements are being made to bring the passengers from Muscat to Kochi, the source told.