Mumbai A Dubai-bound Air India Express flight IX-247 from Mumbai was delayed by more than 7 hours due to technical problems leaving 175 passengers stranded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here on Tuesday evening.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
The flight, scheduled to depart from Mumbai for Dubai at 3.15 pm, could not take off. “Mumbai-Dubai flight was rescheduled after a technical snag.
We have arranged another aircraft and all passengers and cargo have been shifted to this aircraft. The flight is boarding and is scheduled to depart Mumbai International airport in the next 30 minutes (11.20 pm),” told a spokesperson for Air India Express told almost 10.45 pm.
Flightradar24.com, a global live flight monitoring website, showed that after boarding IX-247 taxied towards the runway but returned to the bay before it could roll onto the runway for take-off.
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Air India Express flight
Saurabh Chodankar, whose 66-year-old father Arun Chodankar was on the flight, told the Air India Express flight was rescheduled to 6 pm but after it taxied towards the runway, it was stopped on the ramp and left stranded there.
“For close to 3 hours, the passengers were inside the aircraft which was stranded on the ramp. No meals or water was provided for passengers.
With the engine and air conditioning switched off, the passengers complained of suffocation. But the airline did not answer. My father, a diabetic, was in bad shape till the aircraft was brought back and passengers permitted to get off the aircraft,” Chodankar told.
“It was a ramp return. Passengers were brought back from the bay to another aircraft,” the spokesperson said.
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Source: Hindustan Time