Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Air India flight diverted to Russia finally arrives at SFO after 2-day ordeal

San Francisco: The Air India flight carrying passengers stranded in Russia finally arrived at San Francisco International Airport just after midnight Thursday, a relief to the passengers who were stranded thousands of miles from their intended destinations for two days.

For the most part, they said they were treated and fed well.

"Finally we are here to meet our family and we are happy that we are back safe," said Grace Gollaplli. "I would like to thank the captain of Air India for making the decision to emergency land in Russia. Yes, we had a few problems but we they gave us good food and all." 

Air India Flight 173 first departed Delhi, India Tuesday before it had to divert and make an emergency landing at Magadan – a remote part of Siberia – due to a problem with the plane's engines. 

The airline shared video of the rescue plane taking off from Mumbai headed to Magadan Airport.

Many passengers slept in makeshift accommodations on mattresses on the floor due to the limitations of the Russian airport, being located in a remote area. 

According to Reuters, Air India said the plane had low engine oil forced them to make the emergency landing. 

Passengers aboard the plane said they were barred from leaving the hostel where they were staying while waiting for a replacement plane. 

They were also unable to use credit cards because of sanctions over Russia's war on Ukraine. 

07/06/2023 Bailey O'Carroll/Fox10

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