MUMBAI- Tata-owned Air India (AI) flight from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York made a U-turn back to Mumbai.
Gurugram-based carrier operates daily flights between Mumbai and New York with its Boeing 777 fleet.
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The exact reason for this diversion is not yet unknown, but it looks like a medical emergency or possibly some technical issues with the aircraft. However, we will keep you posted with the exact reason.
Now, let us establish a flight timeline with the help of FlightRadar24.
Air India flight AI119 took off from Mumbai (BOM) at around 8:49 PM UTC. After being airborne for over two hours, the flight decided to make a U-turn.
The flight was expected to arrive at JFK at around 6:55 local time but landed safely back in Mumbai at 1:30 AM UTC.
The aircraft involved in the incident is a Boeing 777-200LR, registered as VT-AEI. According to planespotters.net, the aircraft is 14.5 years old and was earlier operated by Delta Air Lines (DL).
This is the developing post, and more details are awaited for this incident.
As per information from Air India, “AI1119 from Mumbai to JFK air-returned due to a minor technical issue and safely landed back at Mumbai for precautionary checks, prioritizing the safety of passengers and crew.”
Passengers impacted by the diversion received assistance at the Mumbai airport. Air India is actively working to organize an alternative aircraft to resume the flight promptly, the source stated.
According to airline insiders, “Passengers have been provided with hotel accommodation, alternative flight options, taxi fares, and served lunch, among other amenities, while awaiting the next available flight to their destination.”
The Delhi Air Traffic Controller (ATC) noticed some kind of debris after the Air India flight took off from it. The aircraft took off from the newly inaugurated fourth runway.
According to the flight tracking site Flight Radar 24 data, the Air India flight AI143 took off from DEL at 1:21 PM IST, after 25 minutes delay.
Shortly after takeoff, the DEL ATC witnessed some sort of debris which they suspected to be from the tire. They immediately contacted the AI143 flight crew and were told to make a U-Turn.
The flight performed the standard emergency procedure and burnt the extra fuel required to reach CDG and safely land in DEL. The flight did this for around an hour and landed safely back at DEL at 2:28 PM IST.
The aircraft involved in the incident is Air India Boeing 787-8, registered as VT-NAA. According to Planespotters.net, it is a six-year-old carrier; AI took it back in 2017. Further, it is the penultimate 787 in the AI fleet.
Following the incident, the Air India Spokeperson told news agency ANI that “they are planning alternative arrangements for the passengers of AI143 to reach their destinations while the aircraft undergoes necessary checks at Delhi.”
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