Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mangaluru: Air India Express flight to Doha suffers engine failure mid-air, returns to airport

Mangaluru: In a mid-air scare, a flight from here to Doha on Thursday September 21 evening developed engine failure within 45 minutes of its take-off and had to return to the Mangaluru airport.

The flight Air India Express IX 821 was carrying over 170 passengers to Doha.

Confirming the incident, Mangaluru airport director V V Rao said that one engine of the aircraft failed a little half an hour after departure at 5.35 pm, due to which it had to be flown back. The flight landed safely, he said.
He also said that alternate arrangements are being made for the passengers on the flight.

A passenger who was aboard speaking to daijiworld said that when the engine failed, there was a 'loud bang' and the passengers panicked.

"Exactly 45 minutes after take-off, the engine failed and the flight came plunged down with speed. If we had flown another five or ten minutes we would not have survived. Some of us thought the flight exploded."

Another passenger said, "A little after half an hour of take-off, there was a loud sound. At first we thought it was thunder, but came to know it was engine failure. Thereafter the flight turned around and we landed safely at Mangaluru airport."

Sources said after the engine failed, the aircraft lost its height and balance all of a sudden, and was vibrating throughout on its return journey till it landed. Most of the passengers were too shaken to narrate the experience in detail. "We are grateful to the pilot that we survived," they said.
21/09/17 Daijiworld

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